One in three people develop cancer. Your family history is one of several factors that can affect your risk for cancer. Cancer genetics counseling can help you figure out what your risk for cancer actually is if your family has a history of cancer.

Our program helps to assess cancer risk through a variety of tools, including genetic screening and testing. Detecting cancer early is important because it allows for more prevention and treatment options.

The Clinical Genetics Program is a joint offering between Levine Cancer Institute and Carolinas Medical Center. Through this program, our team of genetic counselors and physicians assist patients, their families, and referring physicians regarding cancer risk factors and recommendations for care.

Contact us

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Cancer Genetics Program at 980-442-2000.

Cancer Genetics Screening: Who Should Be Referred?

Individuals with a personal or family history of:

  • Early-onset cancer
  • Multiple or bilateral cancers
  • A strong family history of two or more relatives with the same type of cancer or related cancers. Some cancers that may be hereditary include: breast, ovarian, colon, thyroid, and gastric cancers, as well as colon polyposis

Cancer Genetics Appointments: What to Expect?

Your First Visit

Initial visits are with a genetic counselor in the Genetics, Survivorship, and Wellness Center at Levine Cancer Institute. Genetic counseling is also available at additional Levine Cancer Institute locations throughout the region. Find a location near you

You may also see a geneticist, if needed. During the visit, we review the following topics:

  • Your personal and family history of cancer
  • Genetic concepts and cancer etiology, including hereditary and environmental factors
  • Benefits, limitations and risks of genetic testing
  • Support in making healthcare decisions

Follow-Up Visits

Follow-up visits take place at Levine Cancer Institute with a genetic counselor and a physician.

Topics usually covered at this visit include:

  • Results of genetic testing
  • Implications of genetic test results for patients and family members
  • Assessment of cancer risks
  • Recommendations about cancer management, prevention and screening
  • Referral to surgical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists and psychosocial support as needed

Make an Appointment

CALL 980-442-2000

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