Akron Children's Genetic Center offers a Hereditary Cancer Program for adults who are suspected of having a hereditary cancer syndrome in their families. Read More...
Through an assessment of family history and medical records, Akron Children's genetic counselors and physicians can determine who may be at risk for a hereditary predisposition to cancer.
With this information, you and your doctor can develop a plan to reduce your risk of developing these cancers. People who are referred to our hereditary cancer program usually have a personal or family history of cancer, or both.
Our program provides:
Genetic testing and risk assessment can be a complicated process. Our goal is to provide you with information about your cancer risk and assist you in using your personal genetic information to make informed decisions about screening and ongoing healthcare management.
We also work with your physician to help set up a patient care plan personalized to you.
To help determine whether a cancer risk assessment may benefit you and your family, consider these screening guidelines:
If you think you may benefit from cancer risk assessment, discuss your personal and family history with your doctor.
Your first visit to our hereditary cancer program usually takes 60 to 90 minutes. During this time, you meet with a genetic counselor and physician who are experienced in genetic cancer risk assessment.
During the visit:
If you choose to have genetic testing, you typically have a follow-up appointment to review the test results and discuss what they mean for you and your family.
At that time, you may also discuss additional testing, testing for other family members, and development of a medical management plan to address your risk. Insurance companies will often cover specific genetic testing. Testing coverage and preauthorization is discussed at your visit.
If your test results reveal the presence of a genetic mutation, we help you develop a medical management plan and communicate this information to your referring healthcare provider. We also help you inform other family members in a sensitive manner.
We can connect your family members who live in other areas of the country with trained healthcare providers through an international network of cancer genetics specialists.
Genetic testing for a hereditary cancer can be a very emotional and personal decision that is not right for everyone.
Additionally, while testing has implications for an individual, it also affects one’s family. Due to the benefits and limitations associated with hereditary cancer predisposition testing, it is important to be fully informed before making a decision about testing.
Akron Children's genetic counselors are available to discuss the benefits and limitations of testing, as well as psychological, insurance and confidentiality issues associated with testing.
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