Family Cancer Genetics Program
UC San Diego Health now uses genetic testing to analyze tumors and tailor cancer treatments to individual patients.
See Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy.
Genetic counseling can help you to assess your risk of cancer based on your personal and family medical history. It also helps you determine whether genetic testing is appropriate for yourself or other family members.
We work closely with physicians and other medical professionals to provide patients with the latest information about inherited cancer risks, available genetic testing, and options for individuals known to be at a high risk of developing cancer due to genetic predisposition. Our services include:
Personal and family history review
We construct a family tree to identify patterns that suggest the presence of an inherited susceptibility to cancer in family members. This includes determining whether any cancer pattern fits with a known hereditary cancer syndrome.
We assess a patient’s personal risk of developing cancer, and identify appropriate genetic testing options. Read more about the risk assessment process or whether you're at risk for inherited cancer.
Genetic testing and counseling
Genetic counseling includes discussions about issues related to the future risk of developing cancer, the impact of genetic test results on cancer surveillance and prevention strategies, the emotional impact of genetic information on the patient and other family members, and concerns about genetic privacy. Read more about genetic testing and counseling.
We'll assist you in developing optimal strategies for the management of cancer risks based on the family history assessment and/or genetic test results..
- Bright Pink, a nonprofit that provides support to women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer
- FORCE, a nonprofit devoted to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, with programs for those with a BRCA mutation or family history of cancer
- Lynch Syndrome International
- Pheo Para Troopers, a patient-run group for people living with pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma
For more information or to make an appointment:
Contact the Family Cancer Genetics Program
Prenatal or Medical Genetics
If you're seeking prenatal or non-cancer genetic testing, please see Medical Genetics.
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