Fighting Cancer: Genetics and Cancer
provide an evaluation of your risk and to help you understand and use the information for appropriate screenings and health management.
How The Hereditary Cancer Program Helps
Knowing more about your risk for developing cancer may help you, your physicians and health care team make informed decisions about your health care.
Some patients are reassured to find out their personal risk is lower than expected. For individuals found to be at increased risk, the physician may suggest careful observation to aid early detection. Early detection is vital. For example, more than 90 percent of breast cancer cases are curable when detected at the earliest stages.
Our Services Include:
- Complete evaluation of family history by board-certified genetic counselors and medical geneticists.
- Risk assessment for familial and hereditary cancers.
- Identification and discussion of genetic testing options.
- Using genetic information as part of your personalized, ongoing plan for health care.
- Medical management referrals to the appropriate specialists, as necessary.
Genetic counseling services may be paid for by your insurance plan or by Medicare or Medicaid. If these plans will not cover your care, we will not deny services for financial reasons.
Why You Should Consider Genetic Counseling
The Hereditary Cancer Program offered through the Health Alliance may help anyone concerned about his or her risk for developing cancer.
If you have any of the following in your family, your health may benefit from this program:
- A cancer diagnosis at an early age, particular breast, colon or ovarian cancers diagnosed under the age of 50.
- Family members with cancer
- Relatives with more than one type of cancer
- Bilateral breast cancer (on both sides or in both breasts)
- Rare or unusual cancers.
Patient Confidentiality: Our Priority
All records from patient consultation sessions and genetic tests results are maintained in a secure chart in the Hereditary Cancer Program office. No access to these records will be allowed unless the patient authorizes in writing any release of records and information to his or her physician or health care provider.
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