The goal of the Pediatric Cancer Genetics Program is to provide individuals with information and guidelines based on their family history and/or genetic test results that will help in the prevention and early detection of cancer.
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Genetics and Cancer Risk
Researchers estimate that about 8.5 to 10 percent of childhood cancers are due to hereditary factors.
Genetic testing may identify a hereditary cancer syndrome in a child, and could:
- Answer why a child developed cancer;
- Guide screening for other cancers;
- Guide treatment strategies and
- Identify other family members at risk for cancer/other medical conditions
How Can Genetic Counseling Help Families?
A Genetic Counselor
Wants to listen and understand what patients and families are going through - to help them make decisions. The genetic counselor may:
- Conduct a genetic risk assessment
- Discuss genetic testing
- Determine how patients and families perceive cancer risk
- Discuss emotional well-being
- Ask about family dynamics and support system
- Provide helpful resources
- Discuss future health concerns
Our program is led by genetic counselors who specialize in the discovery and explanation of a child’s personal and/or family history as it relates to their diagnosis of cancer.
The genetic risk assessment conducted by the genetic counselor may determine whether the child has a personal or family history associated with a hereditary cancer syndrome.
Genetic counseling can help parents and families make informed decisions regarding testing, treatments and future plans.
Possible Reasons for Referral
- Atypical teratoid or rhabdoid tumor
- Adrenocortical carcinoma
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Colon polyps or adenocarcinoma
- Choroid plexus carcinoma
- Endolymphatic sac tumors
- Malignant nerve sheath tumors
- Ovarian sertoli-leydig cell tumors
- Optic pathway glioma
- Pituitary blastoma
- Pleuropulmonary blastoma
- Thyroid carcinoma