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Genetic Counseling at Rush-Copley

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Rush-Copley’s Genetic Counseling Program helps you and your family explore the possibility that a gene may be responsible for cancer in your family. This inquiry may cause anxiety concerning testing, costs and how to manage results. Rush-Copley works to help you and your family gain understanding, and feel more knowledgeable and confident. You can learn if genetic testing could benefit you, what types of options are appropriate and risk-reduction strategies. In the process, the counseling may:

  • Discuss benefits, limitations and costs of genetic testing
  • Evaluate personal and family history
  • Conduct a cancer risk analysis
  • Explore the medical and psychosocial impact of genetic risk awareness
  • Review medical management and screening options as recommended by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • Facilitate genetic testing, when appropriate
  • Interpret genetic test results
  • Provide referrals to psychosocial counseling and support services when necessary.

Consulting with a genetics counselor can empower you and your family with the most up-to-date information to minimize risk or recurrence.

When to Consider Genetic Testing

Investigating genetic factors for links to cancer isn’t necessary in every case.   However, genetic testing may be indicated if any of these situations are present:

  • A cancer diagnosed under age 50
  • Two or more primary cancers or more than one type of cancer in the same individual
  • A rare cancer (male breast cancer) or unusual tumor (Adrenal cancer)
  • There is a known hereditary cancer syndrome in the family

Two or more close blood relatives, on the same side of the family who have had:

  • The same type of cancer
  • More than one type of related cancers: breast & ovary, colon & uterine
  • Multiple colon polyps
  • Genetic counselors can help you consider whether you and your family can benefit from genetic testing. And while you may feel reluctant to pursue genetic factors, truth often inspires relief and empowerment.

Learn more

When you want to know if your genes affect your cancer risk, Rush-Copley’s Genetic Counseling Program offers guidance and support. To learn more, call Rush-Copley’s Genetic Counseling office at 630-978-6250.