Clinical Cancer Genetics Service
If you suspect you may be at an increased risk of developing cancer based on personal and/or family history and hereditary factors, turn to the experts of Jefferson's Clinical Cancer Genetics Service. Our staff includes a genetic counselor, an advanced practice nurse in Genetics, medical oncologists and other clinical specialists.
What Does the Clinical Cancer Genetics Service Do?
We take a multidisciplinary approach to performing cancer risk evaluation and management. Our staff can provide a genetic risk assessment, genetic counseling and genetic testing. Our goal is to identify, assist and help you and your family if it is determined you are at an increased risk of developing certain cancers, including hereditary cancer syndrome.
A hereditary cancer syndrome occurs when a genetic change in DNA called a "mutation" is inherited from either parent. Such a mutation can also start as a new change in a person.
Why Should I Have a Cancer Genetic Consultation and Counseling?
Our Cancer Genetics team helps you understand reasons to consider having a cancer genetics evaluation, including:
- Early age at cancer diagnosis (usually under age 50 but may vary)
- A combination of certain cancers in you or your family. For example, breast and ovarian cancer; colorectal and uterine cancer; sarcoma, brain tumor and breast cancer
- More than one cancer diagnosed in you or a family member. For example, being diagnosed with more than one breast cancer; cancer in both ovaries, breasts, kidneys or other "paired organs"
- If you are from certain ethnic backgrounds with certain types of cancer. For example, any Ashkenazi Jewish woman with breast or ovarian cancer
- Other ethnic groups may also be at an increased risk of certain cancers. For example, individuals with French Canadian, Icelandic, Swedish and Hungarian heritage
Make an Appointment with the Cancer Genetics Team
For breast/ovarian cancer syndromes and breast/ovarian cancer risk assessment
Contact Sue Miller-Samuel, RN, MSN, Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics, at 215-955-9098.
For all other cancer genetic inquiries
Contact Stephanie Winheld, MS, Genetic Counselor, at 215-955-1011.