Genetic Counseling

Family history or genetic factors can increase an individual’s risk for cancer.

Meridian Cancer Care offers cancer risk assessment for individuals who may have an increased risk of developing certain types of cancers. Our comprehensive program focuses on family history, personal medical history, environmental factors and genetics. When you are equipped with knowledge about your potential cancer risk, you can make informed decisions about prevention, early detection strategies, and available treatments.

Our genetic specialists work with you to determine your level of risk. The program includes:

  • In-depth assessment of personal health history
  • Thorough evaluation of cancer history in the family
  • Genetic testing when indicated
  • Risk assessment to determine if you are a candidate for Breast MRI or other preventive options

 

Who Benefits from this Service?

Certain cancers do run in the family. Research has shown a genetic link of up to 10 percent for certain cancers, including but not limited to, breast, ovarian, and colorectal. Non-hereditary factors, either independently or in combination with such genetic factors as age, multiple past diagnoses, or consistent health issues, can also influence a patient’s cancer risk. It is a combination of your personal history with your family history that is most informative when it comes to determining your potential risk for developing cancer.

You may benefit from genetic risk assessment for hereditary breast and ovarian cancers if you or your family’s history includes the following:

  • Breast cancer diagnosed at or before age 60
  • Male breast cancer diagnosed at any age
  • Ovarian cancer diagnosed at any age
  • Two or more separate breast or ovarian cancer diagnoses in the same individual
  • Any relative with a confirmed BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation
  • Similar indicators have been identified to assess the risk for other hereditary cancer syndromes:
  • Colorectal cancer diagnosed at or before age 50
  • Uterine/endometrial cancer diagnosed at or before age 50
  • Two or more separate diagnoses of colorectal, uterine/endometrial, ovarian, or gastric cancers in two or more family members
  • Multiple colorectal polyps in the same individual
  • Pancreatic cancer and additional family history of cancer

If you think you may be at risk, please call 732.776.4647 to schedule an appointment. At your appointment, you will be meeting with a Board Certified Genetic Counselor, who will provide you with further information regarding Meridian’s Hereditary Cancer Risk Program and answer any questions you may have.

Insurance Coverage

Many insurance companies cover the cost of genetic counseling and genetic testing when medically indicated. Pre-authorization may be needed for some managed care programs.

Patient Resources

Patient information forms and answers to frequently asked questions are available below. Prior to meeting with our genetic counselor, please fill out the questionnaire so they can better assist you during your appointment.

 

Contact Sheet Medical History Questionnaire Frequently Asked Questions Family History Questionnaire

 

 

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