Genetic Counseling at Winthrop University Hospital Cancer Center
At the Forefront of Cancer Prevention and Treatment
The Genetic Counseling Program at Winthrop University Hospital is an integral part of our Cancer Services, making advancements to diagnose, monitor, reduce risk for and even prevent cancer through genetic risk assessment and world-class disease management programs.
Our genetic counseling experts provide guidelines for cancer screenings with up-to-date information about a patient’s risk. They also offer education about what steps may be taken to reduce risk or prevent the disease from occurring, along with disease management techniques and the opportunity for genetic testing when appropriate.
About Our Genetic Counseling Program
Our genetic counseling program has four primary goals: identifying risk, reducing risk, preventing disease and increasing life expectancy.
At the center, complete family and medical histories are taken to help patients understand their risks for certain kinds of hereditary cancer syndromes associated with breast, ovarian, uterine, colon, prostate and pancreatic cancer, as well as melanoma and sarcoma.
Services we offer include:
- Pre-Symptomatic Genetic Testing - This service may be available to high-risk patients and families, who are told the benefits and limitations of testing. After informed consent is obtained and insurance is authorized, arrangements are made for shipping the specimen for testing. When the results are available, the implications are carefully explained to the patient.
- Physician Reports - Reports for physicians are generated to aid in the development of observation or treatment plans for carriers of positive results, or to provide reassurance if the results are negative. Additional specialty referrals may be recommended.
- Breast Cancer Services - Genetic counselors attend Tumor Board meetings and participate in the Breast Health Center’s services. A support group for carriers of BRCA1/2 gene mutations will be developed in the future.
- Professional and Community Education - Lectures are offered to medical professionals and the community to provide up-to-date information on the role of genetics in cancer.
A Diverse Team for Cancer Control
Our multidisciplinary team of genetic counseling specialists has a long-established history of genetic evaluation. Our team assesses risks for a wide range of common and rare forms of cancers including:
- Hereditary breast-ovarian cancer syndromes
- Hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer syndromes or Lynch syndromes
- Gorlin syndrome or hereditary basaloid nevus syndrome
- Cowden syndrome
- Familial medullary thyroid cancer and Sipple syndrome
- Hereditary melanoma syndrome
- Familial adenomatous polyposis
- Familial juvenile polyposis
- Peutz-Jeghers syndrome
- Colorectal polyposis MYH-associated
- Hereditary prostate cancer
- Li-Fraumeni syndrome
- Von Hippel Lindau Syndrome
- Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome
- Hereditary papillary renal cell carcinoma type 1
- Hereditary leiomyomatosis renal cell carcinoma
- Hereditary pheochromocytoma-glomus tumor syndromes
- von Recklinghaus disease (Neurofibromatosis type 1)
- Hereditary AML/MDS syndromes