Experts say approximately 10 percent of cancer cases are related to hereditary factors passed from one generation of a family to the next. Indicators for a hereditary cancer risk include: a family history of specific cancer types, young age of onset or several affected family members.
If you, or other family members, have a history of any type of cancer, the Holy Redeemer Hereditary Cancer Risk Evaluation Program can help. In addition to the genetic counselor, our multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals is experienced in both medical genetics and therapeutic counseling to help assist and support you in risk factor reduction recommendations. Acting as decision-making facilitators and advocates for those seeking more information about their hereditary cancer risk, we:
- Thoroughly answer questions about how family history, age and reproductive history may impact your cancer risk
- Translate complex genetic information into understandable facts
- Help patients make informed decisions about their genetic testing options
Where to begin
Fully understanding your hereditary cancer risk factors can be empowering. From an initial consultation with our genetic counselor, we provide an actionable “road map” that may include:
Who can participate?
- A hereditary cancer assessment, including lifestyle and environmental exposure
- A comprehensive, cancer-specific genetic evaluation, including a personalized analysis and risk calculation
- Exploration of customized risk reduction options and appropriate screening recommendations
- When appropriate, our trained staff will coordinate genetic testing and provide a thorough interpretation of the results and implications
- Appropriate referral resources for follow-up and support
- Provide a supportive and empowering environment for confident decision-making, including a free support group for men and women to discuss concerns about their genetic susceptibility to various cancers
For more information or to start a conversation about your hereditary cancer risks, call 215-494-7331 and speak with our genetic counselor today.
Initial evaluation through the Holy Redeemer Hereditary Cancer Risk Evaluation Program is available to anyone concerned about cancer risk. After a consultation meeting with your genetic counselor, additional tests may be recommended. Your counselor can help advise whether these tests will be covered by your health insurance provider. Additionally, based on your needs the genetic counselor can assemble support from an integrated medical team.
How to prepare for your first appointment?
Come prepared with your personal medical history (and records, if possible), including current and past medical conditions, surgeries, biopsies and screenings (colonoscopies, mammograms, skin, etc.). Gather as much information about your family's health history as possible. The most important information to include is:
- Relationship (parent, sibling, grandparent, etc.)
- Type of cancer
- Age of cancer diagnosis
- Age of death (if no longer living)
- If a family member had genetic testing (and a copy of their results, if possible)
If if the age is unknown, the approximate decade in which it took place is still helpful.
If genetic testing is going to be performed at the visit, you will need:
- A copy of your insurance card
- A script from your physician (if you are not an established patient of Comprehensive Breast Care Surgeons)