At least 20% of ovarian cancer diagnoses and 5% of uterine cancer diagnoses are caused by inherited genetic abnormalities (mutations). It is strongly recommended that every woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer be referred to a genetic counselor. Women with uterine cancer diagnosed under age 50 or diagnosed any age with a family history of colon or other cancers should discuss with their doctor if they should be referred to a genetic counselor. A genetic counselor can assess your family history, determine your risk for certain cancers and facilitate genetic testing. Whether or not genetic testing is performed, a genetic counselor can help to determine an appropriate cancer screening protocol for you and your family members.
But I’ve already had genetic testing. Do I need to do it again?
If you were seen for genetic counseling previously, even if you received normal test results, you may benefit from a follow-up appointment. If you declined genetic testing in the past because of cost, new options may allow you to receive testing at no or very little cost. If you already had genetic testing and the results were negative or uncertain, you may qualify for additional genetic testing. Personal and family history updates may also impact genetic testing options, as well as cancer risk estimates and screening options. We recommend contacting your genetic counselor every one to two years to update your family history and see if any additional genetic testing options are available to you.
Is this appointment important?
Your genetic counseling appointment is an important part of your medical care. It may help your doctor determine the best treatment for you and provide valuable information that will help you and your family understand and manage cancer risk in the future.
What should I expect?
- Discussion of your personal medical history
- Discussion of your family history of cancer
- Education about genetic testing
- Help in making informed decisions about genetic testing and cancer risk management
- To give a blood or saliva sample if genetic testing is recommended and you choose to proceed
*Genetic testing is covered by most insurance companies for patients who qualify
How should I prepare?
- Talk to your family members to learn who was diagnosed with what type of cancer and at what age
- If anyone in your family has already had genetic testing, get a copy of their test results
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Have questions before your appointment? Please give us a call
Littleton: Erin P. Hoffman, MS, CGC, 303-734-3969
Parker: Melissa Gilstrap, MS, CGC, 303-269-4348
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