Genetic Counseling & Cancer Testing
Does cancer run in your family?
Have you or anyone in your family been diagnosed with cancer before 50 years of age?
PAMF's Cancer Care Clinic offers genetic counseling services, including genetic testing, to help you determine your risk of developing cancer. During a genetic counseling visit, our oncology/genomics clinical nurse specialist will ask you about your family medical history, particularly about cancer and related medical conditions. We'll use this information to construct a "family tree" that will help us determine your risk of developing cancer.
A genetic specialist will talk to you about cancer genetics and will determine if genetic testing is appropriate. We will help you determine your insurance coverage, as well as coordinate the simple blood draw required for genetic testing.
We currently offer the following genetic tests routinely:
- Breast Cancer Genes 1 and 2 (BRCA1 and BRCA2)
- Colorectal Cancer Genes ("Lynch Syndrome" - mainly HNPCC, FAP, AFAP)
Whether or not you test positive for genetic mutations, we will provide you with practical advice on how you and your family can reduce your risk of developing cancer, including changing patterns of cancer screening, or even prophylactic treatments, as appropriate.
The Cancer Care Program provides genetic counseling services in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Santa Cruz. If you would like to schedule an initial genetic counseling session, contact us at one of the numbers below:
701 East El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94040
795 El Camino Real
Lee Building, Level 3
Palo Alto, CA 94301
2907 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
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