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Genetic Counseling & Testing


Using personal and family history to assess risk.

Cancer genetic counseling is the process of collecting your detailed personal and family history, assessing your personal risk, and discussing your genetic testing options. Genetic tests are tests on blood and other tissue used to identify genetic disorders.

Genetic counseling and testing services are offered to individuals and families as part of our comprehensive model of patient-centered care in collaboration with Myraid Genetics.

Hereditary Services

Hereditary cancer testing is a type of genetic test that can help your physician find out if you’re at higher risk for developing cancer due to a genetic mutation that may have been passed down through your family. Genetic testing is a simple procedure.

A blood or saliva sample is collected at The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital using a special kit, which will be shipped to Myriad Genetics for analysis. Test results will be delivered to the Center in approximately four weeks, and a nurse at the Center will call you to discuss your results.

When to Consider Genetic Testing

If you can answer yes to any of the questions below, you may be a good candidate for hereditary cancer testing:

You have a family history of:

Consider genetic counseling if you have a personal and/or family history of:

Breast or Ovarian Cancer

Colon Cancer

Why is Hereditary Cancer Testing Important?

If you have a family history of cancer, hereditary cancer testing is the primary way to find out if you are at hereditary, familial, or general population risk. This information helps you and your care team make informed healthcare decisions.

People with familial or hereditary cancer risk have a higher chance of developing cancer during their lifetime. Knowing if you are at higher risk for cancer empowers you to make lifesaving medical management decisions. You and your care team can create a personalized plan to reduce your risk of developing cancer, or increase the likelihood of finding cancer at an earlier and more treatable stage. Your personalized prevention or treatment plan may include:

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