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Cancer Genetic Counseling

Schedule an Appointment

Find out if you may be at risk for certain types of cancer or if a genetic condition may be the cause of a current cancer diagnosis. Schedule an appointment with the Rush Copley Genetic Counseling Program office at 630-978-6250.

If you wonder whether a gene contributed to cancer in your family or suspect you may be at risk for certain types of cancer because of a genetic condition, turn to the Rush Copley Genetic Counseling Program. We’ll educate you and your loved ones, help you reduce any anxiety and give you the information you need to take charge of your health.

What Happens in Genetic Counseling?

Your patient-focused counselor will work with you to:

  • Discuss the benefits, limitations and costs of genetic testing
  • Evaluate your personal and family history
  • Explore the medical, emotional and social impact of knowing your genetic risk
  • Assess your risk of cancer
  • Determine ways you can reduce your cancer risk
  • Review your options for cancer screenings 
  • Explore your testing options
  • Facilitate genetic testing, when appropriate
  • Interpret genetic test results
  • Refer you to psychosocial counseling and support services, if necessary

Would I Benefit from Genetic Testing?

Consider genetic testing if you have:

  • More than one immediate family member (parents, siblings or children) who has experienced cancer, especially the same type of cancer
  • Relatives with breast, pancreatic or ovarian cancer or another type of cancer linked to one gene mutation
  • Family members with a genetic mutation identified by genetic testing
  • Relatives who developed cancer at an unusually young age 
  • Symptoms, such as colon polyps, that are linked to inherited cancers

What’s Your Risk of Inherited Cancers?

Take a quick quiz to find out whether you should be evaluated for hereditary cancers.

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Schedule a Preventive Screening

Protect your health by scheduling a preventive screening. Tests include colonoscopy, lung cancer screening, mammogram and more.

When you consistently get the screenings that are right for your age and sex, you increase your odds of detecting cancer early, when treatment works best. Explore cancer screening recommendations, and talk to your doctor about which tests may benefit you.

Waterford Place

Cancer Support at Waterford Place

Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center, located adjacent to Rush Copley’s Aurora campus at 1310 Waterford Drive, provides services and support to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Waterford Place is a warm, welcoming environment where participants can connect with support services including mind-body classes, expressive therapies and informational programs along with a salon featuring an American Cancer Society® wig boutique. Programming focuses on the practical, from what to expect from treatment to how to balance practical concerns such as finances, working, health insurance as well as the emotional side of the disease. Regular lectures from clinical specialists and other health professionals help keep you informed on the latest research and treatment options, and on topics such as how to help caregivers and maintain relationships.