Hereditary Cancer Program, Genetic Counseling

The Hereditary Cancer Program is an important component of the Praxair Cancer Center, serving individuals at increased risk for cancer based on their personal and family histories. We see patients and families with many types of cancers, including breast, ovarian, colon and endometrial cancer.

What is genetic counseling?

A genetic counselor meets with patients and/or their families to review a family history and determine the risk of having a genetic cancer syndrome. The genetic counselor is trained to calculate each individual’s risk for cancer based on personal history, family history and genetic tests results.

Who provides genetic counseling?

At the Praxair Cancer Center, cancer genetic counseling is provided by a Master’s prepared board-certified genetic counselor. Our experts help patients and families understand their risks for cancer and how they might benefit from preventive measures.

Who should consider a cancer genetics consultation?

 Anyone with...

  •  Early onset of cancer (breast, ovarian, colon or uterine cancer) before age 50.
  • Abnormal ICH screening of a colon or uterine tumor which indicates an increased risk for hereditary cancer syndrome.
  •  Multiple relatives on the same side of the family with the same or related cancers.
  • Multiple primary tumors in one person (such as a woman with colon and endometrial cancer or a man with colon and stomach cancer).
  •  A rare cancer such as male breast cancer
  • Ashkenazi (Eastern Europe) Jewish ancestry with a personal or family history of cancer
  • A known hereditary cancer genetic condition in the family (Lynch syndrome, BRCA, etc.)

Should I have genetic testing?

 The decision to have genetic testing is an individual choice. The genetic counselor will discuss the benefits, risks and limitations of genetic testing. If you think genetic testing is appropriate, tests can be done during the initial consultation or a subsequent visit.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Individuals need a physician referral for genetic counseling. If you are wondering whether genetic counseling is right for you, contact the Hereditary Cancer Program at 203-739-4958.

For More Information

 If you need a physician referral, please call 1-800-511-8639 or search our Find a Doctor online tool. Our patient and visitor information section has more detailed information about Danbury Hospital.