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What is the Cancer Genetics Program?
Individuals are often confused about their genetic risks. They want to know if they are at increased risk, what steps they can take to reduce those risks, and whether they are candidates for genetic testing.
The Cancer Genetics Program was created to answer these questions. We provide comprehensive cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, personalized cancer screening recommendations and, if appropriate, genetic testing.
What is genetic counseling?
What is discussed during a genetic counseling appointment?
To provide you with the most comprehensive information regarding your cancer risk assessment and available genetic testing, the genetic counselor will be asking about your personal and family history.
It is important to gather information about your family prior to the meeting so that during the consultation the genetic counselor can give you an accurate risk assessment based on your personal and family history. We will be asking you about your FIRST-DEGREE RELATIVES (parents, siblings, children), your SECOND-DEGREE RELATIVES (nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, grandparents, half-siblings), and your THIRD-DEGREE RELATIVES (first-cousins, great-aunts, great-uncles, great-grandparents, half-aunts, half-uncles). It is important to obtain information about both your maternal and paternal relatives. To help in gathering this information, please see The Family History Questionnaire for Cancer Genetic Evaluation worksheet.
We realize it may be difficult to obtain all of this information; gather as much as you can. Please come to the meeting regardless of the detail of knowledge of your family history. The counselor can work with you and any information you have and you will still benefit from the meeting.
Does genetic counseling require genetic testing?
Who will benefit from the Cancer Genetics Program?
To make an appointment, please contact us at:
GINA – Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act 2008
What GINA does not do:
In New York State, results of genetic tests are not to be given to any physician or family member without the written informed consent of the person to whom such genetics test relates, per N.Y. Civil Rights Law § 79-I.
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