Cancer Genetics Program
Find out if you’re at a higher risk for cancer.
For some families, cancer seems to be inherited or passed down from one generation to the next. There may be several relatives who have been diagnosed with the same type of cancer, perhaps at an early age. Their cancer may be a result of an inherited gene change or mutation.
The Cancer Genetics Program at Capital Health Cancer Center helps individuals and families understand their genetics and how it may affect them.
Who should get a genetic assessment?
Individuals who can benefit from this assessment include those with a:
- Cancer diagnosed before age 50.
- A diagnosis of several different kinds of cancer.
- Cancer in both sets of an organ (i.e. both kidneys or both breasts).
- Several 1st or 2nd degree family members who have had cancer.
- A family history or personal history of male breast cancer.
- Physical symptoms such as neurofibromas or those with multiple colon polyps.
- A family history or personal history of cancer and of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.
How our cancer genetics team helps you
A cancer genetics assessment provides information about how heredity and environmental factors may cause cancer in a family or an individual. At Capital Health, your cancer risk consultation will be with a certified genetic counselor who can provide accurate information about your cancer risk, cancer screening, and genetic testing. This information can relieve anxiety and provide a sense of control.
- A visit with the Capital Health Genetic Counseling team includes:
- An explanation of how cancer develops and how it is inherited
- A thorough review of your family history
- An assessment of your risk to develop cancer
- An estimation of the likelihood that there is a detectable cancer gene in your family
- A discussion of the risks, benefits, and limitations of genetic testing
- A discussion of the genetic testing options
- Recommendations for cancer screening
- A comprehensive summary letter