Genetic Risk Assessment and Counseling

Some cancers have a genetic component, which means developing the cancer is passed through the genes in a family. At Evangelical Community Hospital, your care team can provide information and support to people who may have a family history or other predisposition to developing cancer. Types of cancer that carry a genetic risk include breast, ovarian, endometrial, colorectal, prostate, and skin cancers.

During the risk assessment, a number of criteria will be evaluated to determine your individual risk factors and genetic testing may be recommended. Counseling is provided to help you understand the medical, psychological, and familial implications of a genetic link to cancer.

Genetic Testing for Cancer

A number of genetic tests are available to help identify more than 50 hereditary cancer syndromes.

Testing is generally available through specialty laboratories. Learning the results of testing can give patients reassurance and motivation to practice better prevention strategies. Patients and families can greatly benefit from extra understanding of their risks.

Counseling is provided to help you understand and consider the various medical uncertainties, diagnosis, and treatment options based on the test results and the benefits, risks, and limitations of genetic testing.

According to the National Cancer Institute, genetic testing for cancer risk is recommended when the following criteria are met:

  • The person being tested has a personal or family history that suggests an inherited cancer risk condition
  • The test results can be adequately interpreted (that is, they can clearly tell whether a specific genetic change is present or absent)
  • The results provide information that will help guide a person’s future medical care

If you are a candidate for genetic testing, our providers and navigators can help coordinate testing and provide guidance about insurance authorization and reimbursement.

For more information, please call 570-522-4212.