UPMC Hillman Cancer Center offers genetic services through the Cancer Genetics Program (CGP), a joint program of:
The CGP provides education, research, and cancer risk assessments for people concerned about their risk for cancer. We also share how genetic inheritance may play a role in getting cancer.
Cancer Genetic Counseling Services
- Provides genetic counseling to check for cancer risk.
- Informs people about cancer screenings and genetic tests.
- Helps people and their families learn how certain cancers may cluster in families.
- Informs people about the most current genetic tests.
- Instructs people about which cancer screening tests may offer early detection.
- Offers prevention steps that make sense for each person.
Why Do I Need Cancer Genetic Counseling?
Many people schedule a genetic consult and — in certain cases — pursue targeted testing for hereditary cancer syndromes, such as:
- Cowden Syndrome (PTEN)
- Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (APC)
- Familial Melanoma (CDKN2A)
- Hereditary Breast-Ovarian Cancer (BRCA1, BRCA2)
- Hereditary Non-polyposis Colorectal Cancer (MSH2, MLH1, MSH6, PMS2)
- Hereditary Paraganglioma (SDHB, SDHD)
- Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (TP53)
- Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1 (MEN1) and Type 2 (RET)
- Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome (PTCH)
- Von Hippel-Lindau Disease (VHL)
What Will I Learn From a Cancer Genetic Consult?
Having a genetic consult may help relieve any worry about cancer risk and provide a sense of control.
After a complete review of your family and medical history, the consult team will discuss:
- The types of genetic tests available for certain cancers.
- The risks, benefits, and limitations of cancer genetic testing.
- Cancer screening tests and how often you should have them.
- The complete details of your family tree.
- Your estimated risks for certain cancers based on your age, family history, and other factors.
- The possible role of genetics in your family's cancer.
- Your feelings about cancer and risk.
Cancer Genetic Research and Continuing Medical Education (CME)
The CGP strives to provide expert clinical consults in cancer genetics through:
- Developing a cohort of patients and families with hereditary cancer for research studies.
- Training and CME for health care professionals.