The Hereditary Cancer Genetics Program
The Cancer Genetics Program at Staten Island University Hospital offers genetic counseling services to patients that may be at an increased risk for inherited forms of cancer.
Cancer genetic counselors are specially trained health care professionals with an extensive knowledge of the genes associated with different forms of cancer. They can evaluate your likelihood of developing cancer in your lifetime by thoroughly reviewing your personal and family history.
A board certified genetic counselor will assess your family history to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for genetic testing. If testing is appropriate, your counselor will discuss:
- The risks, benefits and limitations of the testing
- Insurance coverage for genetic testing
- Your lifetime risks for developing certain types of cancer
- Recommendations for future screening and management
- Research options that might be available to members of your family
The genetic counselors at SIUH work as part of a comprehensive health care team that is committed to providing the highest level of clinical care while promoting informed medical decision making.
To make an appointment or for more information on cancer genetic counseling, please contact us at 718-226-6230.