Genetics: The Family Connection
UVA Cancer Center's genetic counselors are specialists in the field. They offer an in-depth consultation to discuss your family history of cancer and calculate your level of risk. If you are determined to be at high-risk, you will receive detailed recommendations for screenings, including how often you should be screened and by what cancer teams.
Prior to meeting with a genetic counselor, you will receive an intake packet of forms to complete, including a family history form. The completed forms are what the cancer genetic counselor uses to construct your family medical tree. The genetic counselor reviews the tree with a member of the breast care team and then they do a physical evaluation and make their recommendations.
At your visit, you will learn:
- The specific inherited disorder(s) that may be suspected in you and/or your family
- Genetic pattern(s) of inheritance of the disorder(s)
- Risk that you inherited this, or may have passed this to your children
- Risk of tumor development in anyone who carries the specific gene(s)
- How often you should be screened and by what cancer specialties