OLBH offers genetic counseling and testing services for cancer care patients by an advanced practice clinician specially trained in cancer and genetics. Over the past several years researchers have identified specific inherited factors, or genes that can be a part of the development of cancers. These genes can be tested for changes or mutations that put is at increased risk for developing certain cancers.
Knowing your risk based on these test results allows us to develop an individualized and patient driven plan to provide the best cancer care possible.
Not everyone needs genetic testing so genetic counseling helps identify who qualifies for testing, explains risk factors, and how genetics contribute to cancer. A thorough personal and family history is gathered to help explain how cancer can run in a family and identify possible syndromes that contribute to cancer.
Genetic counseling also helps identify who would benefit the most from testing, identify helpful resources, and explain that genetic information is private and protected through federal legislation.
One example of genetic testing is used in breast cancer. Certain features of breast cancer alert us to consider genetic testing. For example, an early age at diagnosis (younger than 45/50 years old), breast and ovarian cancer in the same family, successive generations affected, triple negative, cancer in both breasts, men with breast cancer, and / or Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry would warrant genetic counseling and testing.
Hereditary cancer predisposition testing is just one of many care options at OLBH. Call 606-833-2125 for additional information about genetic testing at OLBH.