Genetic Counseling Program
The Yale Cancer Center Cancer Genetic Counseling Program provides genetic counseling and testing to people at increased risk for hereditary cancer and helps them to make informed medical decisions based on their own personal risk assessment. These interventions can have a huge impact on a person's life by allowing them to better manage their health and reduce their risk of ever developing cancer. The program is a component of Yale Cancer Center, a comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute.
The clinical team in the Yale Cancer Center Cancer Genetic Counseling Program is committed to providing a comprehensive plan to help assist patients and their families with all aspects of the risk assessment and testing process, surveillance, surgical decision-making, and follow-up care. The entire process consists of a minimum of three one-hour visits to the counseling center.
Individuals who have a personal and/or family history that includes any of the following may benefit from our program:
- Multiple relatives on the same side of the family with the same cancer or related cancers e.g. breast/ovarian/pancreatic colon/uterine/ovarian
- Cancer at unusually early ages e.g. breast cancer younger than 45 years old or colon cancer younger than 50
- More than one diagnosis of cancer in the same individual e.g. breast and ovarian cancer in one person colon and uterine cancer in one person
- Rare cancers, e.g. male breast cancer medullary thyroid cancer
- A family history of a known altered cancer-predisposing gene
Locations: New Haven, Greenwich, Trumbull, Derby, CT