Cancer Genetic Counseling & Testing

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The Chance for Insight

Knowing that you are at higher risk for certain types of cancers gives you a valuable head start in fighting cancer before it starts – in large part because you are informed and on the lookout.

Only about 5 to 10 percent of cancers are passed down from generation to generation (most cancers are the result of lifestyle, environmental or aging factors), but if you or your family members have been diagnosed with colon, breast, ovarian or uterine cancer, you could be at increased risk for developing these cancers. At Virtua, various genetic tests can tell you for sure.

By making an appointment and completing your personal cancer risk assessment with the Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Genetics Program, you will be better able to make informed health decisions for yourself and your family.

Our cancer genetics experts will be there to guide you every step of the way.

The process begins with a thorough family and personal medical history so you can better understand your individual risk, as well as the risks associated with screening, and decide whether testing is right for you. This information can also help you make lifestyle changes to decrease your risk for cancer or increase the frequency of the screenings you receive so you have the best odds of detecting cancer early.

As a participant, you will:

  • Receive individualized and comprehensive counseling from cancer genetics experts including medical oncologists trained in cancer genetics, advanced practice nurses, board-certified genetic counselors and social workers
  • Discover if you have an increased risk for cancer
  • Learn about the benefits, risks and limitations of genetic testing
  • Undergo genetic testing, if appropriate
  • Learn what you can do to decrease your risk for developing cancer (screening, medical, surgical)
  • Receive information regarding clinical trials, if eligible
Breast and ovarian cancer syndromes

Genetic tests are available for hereditary breast cancer. Among them are the most common hereditary breast cancer syndromes involving the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. When genetic testing is complete and an alteration is found in one of the identified genes, an individual’s risk for developing certain types of cancer is significantly increased. For women, there is an increased risk for developing breast and/or ovarian cancer. For men, there is an increased risk for breast and prostate cancer. In addition, men and women who have already been diagnosed with these cancers are at increased risk for developing a second cancer.

Colorectal cancer syndromes

Genetic tests are available for hereditary colon cancer. Common hereditary cancer syndromes include Lynch Syndrome and FAP. Lynch Syndrome (or HNPCC) is an inherited condition that increases your risk for colon, uterine, ovarian and other cancers. FAP (familial adenomatous polyposis) is an inherited condition that causes an individual to have hundreds of colon polyps and significantly increases the risk for colon cancer. Testing is also available for other gastrointestinal hereditary cancer syndromes.

For more information, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).

Locations

Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program - Voorhees

200 Bowman Drive, Suite D-190
Voorhees, NJ 08043

Phone: (856) 247-7330

Directions for arrival for genetic counseling and testing appointments

Outpatient Registration is located adjacent to Virtua Voorhees in Area E. When you arrive on the hospital campus follow the signs to Neighborhood “E”.

Park in lot “E” and enter through the Main Lobby. Take the elevator to the second floor and follow the signs to Suite E250.

Once you have registered, you will be directed to Suite D290 for your appointment. The Cancer Genetics Program office is located in Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program office.

If you are going to be late or are lost call us at (856) 247-7373.
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