Scheduling is done by our genetic coordinator/patient services representative for all locations.
We encourage cancer genetic counseling referrals for individuals with a personal and/or family history suggestive of a hereditary cancer syndrome. You can self-refer for a genetics consultation, however, we strongly recommend that you first speak with your doctor for a referral. For information regarding referrals please contact us at 408-730-2800.
What can I do to prepare for my appointment?
The genetic expert will ask you for health information of yourself and your family members. The following information that will aid your counseling session:
- S/he will ask about your personal cancer history, including type(s), part of the body affected, and age at diagnosis.
- Have any of your family members had cancer? What type of cancer did they have? (Note: Different types of cancer can run together in families.) What was the age of diagnosis for individuals with cancer? (Age of diagnosis is an important factor in risk assessment of inherited cancers versus cancers that happen mostly due to chance.)
- It may also be helpful to talk with family members about genetic testing because sometimes there are other individuals to test. The genetic counselor can help you figure out who this person may be in your family.
- If someone in your family already had genetic testing, it is important to get a copy of those genetic test results.