Genetic Counseling& Testing


Recent research has identified a number of genes related to inherited cancer risk. In fact, estimates suggest that between 5 and 10% of all cancers are due to an inherited gene mutation.

If you carry one of these inherited gene mutations, you may have a significantly higher lifetime risk of developing cancer compared with the general population. By considering personal and family medical histories, a doctor can identify people who could benefit from meeting with a genetic counselor for a hereditary cancer risk assessment.

Genetic testing for cancer risk doesn’t reveal the presence or absence of cancer. Instead, it shows whether you have an inherited tendency (predisposition) for cancer. Though there aren’t physical risks involved with genetic testing, there can be a psychological impact. That’s why we recommend education and genetic counseling alongside genetic testing.

Risk Factors

Genetic counseling for cancer risk assessment may be appropriate for you if you have:

  • Concern or anxiety about personal or family cancer risk
  • Any of the following on your mother's or father's side of the family: early ages of diagnosis, more than one family member (on the same side of the family) with the same cancer, individuals with bilateral cancers or more than one primary cancer, two or more generations of your family affected by cancer
  • A cancer diagnosis along with being of Ashkenazi Jewish decent
  • An interest in genetic testing for cancer genes and an interest in discussing cancer risk management options (genetic counseling, screening, preventive surgery and chemoprevention)

Services & Treatment

Genetic counseling assesses your overall cancer risk. The process includes reviewing the pattern and ages of cancer diagnosis in your family and discussing whether those results suggest an inherited predisposition to cancer.

We’ll consider basic genetics/inheritance principles, whether the appropriate genetic testing is available, as well as the costs, risks and benefits of testing.

Aurora genetic counseling provides:

  • Confidential hereditary cancer risk assessment
  • Access to ongoing local and national cancer research studies
  • Education for patients, health care professionals and the community
  • Genetic testing and DNA banking when appropriate

To make an appointment, call Aurora's Cancer Genetic Counseling Program at 877-647-2502. You can also print a genetic counseling referral form for your doctor.

Prevention & Management

Aurora Hereditary Cancer Prevention and Management Center (HCPMC)

Has genetic counseling and testing determined that you or your family members have a hereditary cancer syndrome? Families with hereditary cancer syndromes are at high risk for multiple types of cancer. Even families whose genetic testing results are normal may be at increased risk for multiple cancers if they have complex cancer histories.

If your family history of cancer has been determined to be hereditary, or if your complex family history can’t be explained by genetic testing, you deserve comprehensive care from a multidisciplinary team of experts in a single, convenient location.

The Aurora Hereditary Cancer Prevention and Management Center (HCPMC) specializes in testing and monitoring individuals and families with complex or difficult hereditary cancer conditions.

Through the HCPMC, you can:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of your overall cancer risks
  • Receive a customized medical management plan that addresses your unique cancer risks
  • Stay updated on the latest genetic tests and research related to your hereditary cancer syndrome
  • Monitor your risks through long-term care with a dedicated cancer prevention team

If you’re at risk for multiple types of cancer, ask your doctor for a referral to the Aurora Hereditary Cancer Prevention and Management Center in Milwaukee or Green Bay. The HCPMC in Milwaukee is located within the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at St. Luke’s Medical Center. The HCPMC in Green Bay is located within the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. Call 877-647-2502 for more information.

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