Criteria for who meets medical guidelines for genetic testing is constantly evolving. Genetic Support Foundation aims to make this process a little easier by summarizing the guidelines for referral for genetic counseling as set forth by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). NCCN is a non-profit organization comprised of representatives from 27 of the leading centers which comes together to make recommendations regarding the diagnosis and treatment of various types of cancer.

As part of their mission to improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of cancer care, NCCN also works to determine the circumstances in which genetic testing should be considered. Some insurances also require that the patient meet with a genetic counselor or other qualified genetics provider prior to them covering testing.

Click below to learn more about NCCN guidelines for referring patients for genetic counseling for hereditary cancer predisposition:

Referral for possible BRCA1/2 (Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome)

Referral for possible polyposis syndromes

Referral for possible Lynch syndrome

Referral for other hereditary cancer predisposition syndromes