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Stanford conducts a complete personal and family medical history, including risk for cancer as well as probability of carrying a cancer gene mutation. We have extensive expertise in assessment of the most common inherited cancers—breast, ovarian and colon—as well as rare hereditary cancer syndromes including gastric, endocrine, sarcoma, and brain tumors.
Genes affect families
Because genes are inherited from family members, testing may involve other close members of your family. A genetic counselor can look at your family pedigree and determine which other family members may be at risk of developing cancer. Your counselor can help you notify these individuals if you desire, and counsel them about testing and disease prevention.
Stanford's certified cancer genetic counselors provide a multitude of services, including:
Education regarding genetic susceptibility, risk assessment and genetic testing
Non-directive assistance with decision making
Support in identifying and coping with the psychological and social concerns related to an increased cancer risk
Discussion of the familial implications of hereditary cancers
Genetic testing and results
If genetic testing is pursued, our genetic counselors work with individuals to discuss results and develop management strategies. Genetic risks for other family members can be reassessed and participation in research studies may be offered.
Once someone is found to be "high-risk" for a specific type(s) of cancer the Stanford Clinical Cancer team's genetic oncology specialists offer options and recommendations for surveillance, preventive treatments, screening tests and procedures. Options may include intensive monitoring, medications or if appropriate, prophylactic surgery. Participation in research protocols and clinical trials will be offered if available.
The most common inherited cancers include breast, ovarian and colon, although other types exist. The characteristics of genetic cancers include:
Diagnosis at an early age
Bilateral or multiple tumors
Multiple generations affected on the same side of the family
Depending on personal and family medical history, the type of cancer in question and any applicable genetic test results, our program's medical oncologists offer options and recommendations for surveillance, preventative treatments, screening tests and procedures. Options may include intensive monitoring, medications or surgery.
Stanford genetic counselors may arrange referrals to professional counseling services or support groups for individuals who need help in navigating the complex personal and family issues related to genetic cancer risks.
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