Cancer Genetic Counseling FAQs

Should I have an assessment for hereditary cancer?
How can the Cancer Genetics Counseling Program help me?
What can I expect during a genetic counseling appointment?
How can I make an appointment?
How can I get a referral form?
Where are you located?
Who are your genetic counselors?

Should I have an assessment for hereditary cancer?
Although most cancer is not inherited and happens by chance, approximately 5–10 percent of all cancers are due to a hereditary factor. If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, ask your doctor for a referral for a cancer genetics assessment:

  • Have several of your relatives had cancer, especially skin, breast, ovarian, colon, endometrial (cancer of the uterus) or thyroid cancer?
  • Have you or any of your relatives with cancer been diagnosed before the age of 50?
  • Do you or a relative have more than one primary cancer (such as breast cancer and then ovarian cancer)?
  • Do you or a family member have unusual cancers, such as a male breast cancer?
  • Does your family history of cancer cause you to worry about your risk?
  • Do you think that the cancer in your family is hereditary and you want to know more about genetic testing and cancer genes?
  • Have you had previous genetic testing and wish to see if any new genetic testing options are available?

How can the Cancer Genetics Counseling Program help me?
The program will provide a personalized risk assessment based on your family and personal history of cancer. The risk assessment can help you:

  • Devise a personal cancer surveillance or management program with your doctors
  • Make decisions about genetic testing
  • Educate yourself about the difference between hereditary and sporadic cancer

What can I expect during a genetic counseling appointment?

  • A discussion of basic cancer and genetic concepts
  • A review of your family and personal history of cancer or other illnesses
  • Personalized hereditary cancer risk assessment
  • Discussion of genetic testing options
  • Ordering genetic testing, when appropriate
  • Discussion of any concerns over genetic testing and insurance discrimination

How can I make an appointment?
To make an appointment, call Aurora's Cancer Genetic Counseling Program at 877-647-2502. You may also print a genetic counseling referral form (PDF, 49 KB) for your doctor.

How can I get a referral form?
You may download the genetic counseling referral form (PDF, 49 KB) from our website.

Where are you located?
View a list of our genetic counseling locations.

>Who are your genetic counselors?
View a list of our genetic counselors.