Oncology Genetics Nurse Practitioners
Not all cancers are hereditary. In fact, almost 90 percent can be attributed to environmental factors, lifestyle choices or a combination of reasons. However, you should consider genetic counseling and education/testing if your family history includes:
- Multiple cases of cancer, especially breast, colon, ovarian, uterine, melanoma, pancreatic or prostate in the family.
- Individuals with more than one cancer.
- Cancer at an unusually early age.
- A known genetic mutation in a family.
Oncology genetics nurse practitioners like Shana help patients and their loved
ones understand cancer risk factors based on family history and genetics. She's an expert
at turning knowledge into power. Here's how she can help you:
Risk Assessment (Free Service)
Your initial consultation will include education, counseling and general information about genetics and cancer. We will review your personal and family medical history. We provide information on the testing process, risks and benefits of testing, implications for family members, elements of informed consent, and a broad overview of the medical management options.
Genetic testing is not for everyone and we will help determine if this step is appropriate for you. We facilitate the testing process by collecting a small sample of blood or saliva and sending it to a special lab for analysis. Results take approximately three weeks. We will notify you when the results are returned.
After test results are available, we will meet with you to interpret the results and explain the implications. We work with your healthcare providers to help you make informed healthcare decisions.
Referral & Resource Support
No referral is needed. We also provide emotional support and help you share this information with your family members.
For more information about the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center's Cancer Genetics Program, call (319) 221-8689.
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