Hereditary Cancer Clinic And Genetic Counseling:
Cancer is a common disease, so it’s no surprise that many families have at least a few members who have had cancer. Sometimes (Only about 5% to 10% of all cancers), certain types of cancer seem to run in some families, caused by an abnormal gene that is being passed along from generation to generation. People with a strong family history of cancer may want to learn their genetic makeup. This may help the person or other family members plan their health care for the future.
We identify Individuals at Risk for cancer, if they have a personal and/or family history or clinical characteristics with features suggestive of hereditary cancer as below:
Based on your family history, we will provide you with information regarding :
This may help to accurately
No genetic test can say if you will develop cancer for sure. But it can tell you if you have a higher risk than most people. Only some people with a gene mutation will develop cancer. This simply involves having blood drawn or saliva sample.
The best person to test first is usually the person with cancer. “After we identify the mutation that caused cancer to occur, we can test first-degree relatives — mother, sisters, daughters — to see if they also carry it,”
Types of genetic tests we offer:
- A multi-gene panel: Utilises next generation sequencing technology to identify many genes at one time. Pan-tumour’ approach, or applicable for use across any type of cancer
- Site-specific testing: If a family member had genetic testing that identified a specific mutation
Genetic tests are available for some types of cancer. These include:
- Breast cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Colon cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
We help you understand the results of your genetic tests
We help you plan the appropriate next steps like regular screening treatment recommendations that include medical therapy and preventive surgery.