Spring 2012
Should You Consider Genetic Counseling for Cancer?
If you or someone in your family has cancer, you may be wondering who else in your family may be at risk: Your children? Your brothers and sisters?

Genetic counseling can help you understand your risk—and your family’s risk—of developing cancer, based on your family history. A certified genetic counselor can also help determine what genetic testing or prevention strategies may be right for you and other members of your family.

If you have a personal and/or family history of any of the following, you may be a candidate for genetic counseling:

  • Multiple relatives on the same side of the family with the same cancer or related cancers, such as breast/ovarian/ pancreatic or colon/uterine/ovarian
  • Rare cancers, such as male breast cancer or medullary thyroid cancer
  • Cancer at unusually early ages, such as breast cancer younger than 45 years old, colon cancer younger than 50 or uterine cancer younger than 50
  • More than one diagnosis of cancer in the same individual, such as breast and ovarian cancer in one person or colon and uterine cancer in one person
  • A family history of a known altered cancer-predisposing gene
  • Jewish ancestry and breast, ovarian and/or pancreatic cancer
Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute has partnered with the Yale Genetic Counseling Program through Yale Cancer Center to provide genetic counseling services with a certified genetic counselor. Rachel E. Barnett, MS, CGC, is available at the Cancer Institute’s Trumbull campus located at 5520 Park Avenue. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 203-764-8400.
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