Orange Coast Memorial is pleased to offer genetic counseling as part of its Cancer Risk and Prevention Program.
Cancer Genetics Consultation
Is appropriate for individuals who have a family history of:
- Cancer diagnosis at an atypically young age (usually less than 50 yrs.).
- Multiple primary cancers in the same family member.
- The same type of cancer in two or more close relatives.
- A pattern of related types of cancer in family members.
- Certain rare cancers or tumor types.
Cancer genetics counseling is a one to two hour consultation with a genetic specialist.
Cancer Genetics Counseling Includes
- Construction of a medically focused family tree.
- Individualized cancer risk assessment based on personal history, family history, and/or genetic testing.
- Explanation of how genes are inherited and the difference in risk and occurrence between hereditary and sporadic cancers.
- Determination of appropriate and available genetic testing.
- Decision making assistance that weighs the risks and benefits of genetic testing.
- Discussion of the ethical, legal, and social.
- Implications associated with genetic testing.
- Interpretation of genetic test results and residual risk.
- Consultation with referring physician.
- Development of an individualized screening and prevention plan.