Cancer Genetic Counseling and Genetic Testing
Do many of your family members have the same or related cancer? Are there multiple generations in your family with cancer? Have you or a family member been diagnosed with cancer at a young age? If so, you may be at risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome.
Northern Westchester Hospital offers genetic counseling with a certified genetic counselor who specializes in cancer genetic counseling. Our genetic counselor will determine if you should be offered genetic testing for hereditary cancer such as testing of the BRCA and/or other genes. She will review your personal and family history, determine appropriate testing options, and explain the recommendations for hereditary cancer syndromes as well as possible genetic testing results. Based on your evaluation, you may choose to have cancer genetic testing to find out if you have a hereditary predisposition to cancer (hereditary cancer syndrome).
While most cancer is not hereditary, approximately 5 to 10% of all cancer is hereditary (passed from parent to child). Should you decide to pursue genetic testing, our genetic counselor will discuss your results with you and let you know the recommended steps for cancer surveillance and risk reduction that can help detect cancer earlier or reduce cancer risk for you and your family. If you do not pursue genetic testing, cancer screening recommendations for you and your family will also be provided.
Recently cancer genetic testing options have become broader and more complex through the availability of multi-gene testing. You may have the option to have testing of up to 50 genes related to hereditary cancer. Our genetic counselor can help navigate these options and help you decide what testing options, if any, are right for you and your family.
Hereditary cancer syndromes associated with increased risk for cancer include: Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome, Lynch Syndrome (hereditary colon, uterine cancer syndrome) and other more rare syndromes causing a variety of cancer risks such as Li-Fraumeni Syndrome, Cowden Syndrome, Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Types 1 and 2 and Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer Syndrome.
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