Genetic Testing and Counseling
At Oncology Consultants, our commitment to genetic testing extends beyond mere information. With the support of our genetic counselors, you can navigate the complexities of genetic testing and create a personalized roadmap based on your specific concerns and goals.
Genetic testing for cancer involves analyzing your DNA to identify changes or variations in your genes that might indicate an increased risk of developing certain types of cancers such as breast, endometrial, ovarian, colorectal, pancreatic, or prostate.
In a genetic testing for cancer, your healthcare provider or APP will collect a sample of your blood or saliva and send it to a laboratory to test for any gene mutations.
Whether or not you need genetic testing for cancer is a decision that should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider or a genetic counselor. Our trained healthcare providers in genetics can assess your individual circumstances, medical and family history, and specific risk factors to help determine if genetic testing is appropriate for you. Here are some factors that may influence this decision:
Family History: If you have a strong family history of certain hereditary cancers, it may be recommended to assess your risk.
Personal Medical History: If you've been diagnosed with cancer, genetic testing may help determine if there are hereditary factors influencing your condition or future risk.
Clinical Guidelines: Your healthcare provider may recommend genetic testing based on established clinical guidelines for specific cancers and risk factors.
Talk to your provider, if genetic testing is right for you.
Who is eligible for testing?
- Personal history of breast cancer
- Personal history of endometrial cancer diagnosed at 50 years old or younger
- Personal history of ovarian cancer
- Personal history of colon cancer diagnosed at age 50 years olf or younger
- Personal history of pancreatic cancer
Do you have a blood relative with:
- Breast cancer at age 49 year old or younger?
- Two breast cancers in one relative at any age?
- Three or more breast cancers in relatives on the same side of the family at any age?
- Ovarian, metastatic or high risk prostate, or male breast cancer at any age?
- A gene mutation associated with cancer in your family?
- Three or more Lynch associated cancers in relatives on the same side of the family at any age?
- Ashkenazie Jewish ancestry with breast cancer in one relative at any age?
If you have answered “yes” to any of the questions above, you may be eligible for genetic testing.
Genetic testing allows us to develop personalized treatment strategies that target your cancer at its root cause. However, it can be a difficult journey. This is why we provide counseling services related to genetic testing.
Additionally, we also provide a High-Risk Clinic for those with known hereditary genetic mutations, that offers close follow-up and risk reducing interventions.
Our compassionate team of genetic counselors will guide you through the process with empathy and care, ensuring that you feel informed, empowered, and supported every step of the way.
In-office and Telemedicine Appointments are available
If you are interested in screening for hereditary cancer genetics, please contact our New Patient Department at:
**All new OC genetic patients must fill out Personal and Family History Questionnaire:
If you have already seen one our OC Genetic Specialist, please let us know how your experience went. We would love feedback on how we can improve: