Genetic testing in the setting of a personal or family history of cancer is becoming more and more common. This powerful technology can tell us a lot about our personal risks for cancer, our family members’ risks for cancer, and steps we can take to lower those risks. Just as important to understand are the limitations of genetic testing for cancer. There is so much information out there and it can get complicated! Our hope is that this section of our website can break down this information in a way that can be most helpful to you and your family.
The list of topics on the right will walk you through the main aspects of cancer genetic testing, the ins and outs of cancer genetic testing, and what the results can and cannot tell you. In order to fully understand all of the genetic-related information discussed during cancer genetics testing, it helps to make sure you know some basic genetic concepts. Depending on your educational background, you may want to check out Genetics 101 to get you started.
There are several common questions that may have led you to this site. Questions such as:
“I already have cancer, will genetic testing really help?”
“Only breast cancer runs in my family, and we don’t have to worry about the guys in my family, right?”
“Genetic testing is probably not going to be covered by my insurance, is it?”
“I have a big family history of cancer, is genetic testing right for me?”
“How do I get tested for a genetic cancer predisposition syndrome?”
“I have a hereditary cancer predisposition syndrome, what are the risks to my family members?”
No matter what brought you here, we are glad you are here. Some people want to know more information than others; we understand that. Read up on what you are ready for at this time. The topics covered in cancer genetics can be emotionally challenging, and we hope that this site will offer you the information and resources you need during this time.