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Precision Medicine & Genetic Services

Hereditary Cancer Genetic Counseling

About 5-10% of cancers are hereditary and due to mutations in our DNA that we’re born with. You can meet with a Cancer Genetic Counselor to discuss your personal and/or family history of cancer, learn more about genetic testing for cancer predisposition, and pursue testing to determine your cancer risk and create a personalized cancer screening plan. If you are looking for more information about what genetic counseling is or insurance coverage for genetic testing, click here

Am I Eligible for Cancer Genetic Counseling?

You are eligible for genetic counseling if you have a personal and/or family history of any of the following:

  • Cancer that occurs at an early age (50 or younger)
  • Two or more relatives with the same type of cancer
  • Cancer in multiple generations of your family
  • A family member has two or more cancers
  • A rare cancer or tumor, such male breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or pancreatic cancer
  • Cancer that develops in both breasts, both ovaries, both kidneys, etc.
  • You’re concerned about developing cancer because of your personal/family history
How Do I Make an Appointment for Genetic Counseling and Testing?

You can call 513 853 4363 and ask for a cancer genetic counseling appointment. A referral is not required in order to schedule a genetic counseling appointment.

Healthcare providers can place a referral in EPIC using "AMB REFERRAL TO GENETIC ONCOLOGY [REF1114]” or fax a referral form to our office.

How Can I Prepare for My Genetic Counseling Visit?

To prepare for your appointment, consider collecting your medical and family history to discuss with your genetic counselor. If you are unable to acquire this information, you are still able to meet with your genetic counselor. Some examples of medical and family history are provided below.

Medical Records:

  • Cancer screening or imaging results
  • Pathology reports from surgeries or biopsies.

Family History:

  • Cancer history in your children, siblings, parents, aunts/uncles, and grandparents.
  • Cancer genetic testing results from any family members.
How Can Genetic Counseling Help?
  • Provide you with a personalized cancer screening plan based on your cancer risk.
  • Clarify if you are at risk for the types of cancer seen in your family.
  • Provide an explanation of the potential cause of your personal or family history of cancer.
  • Provide an opportunity to start risk reduction strategies or explore other treatment options.
  • Identify other at-risk relatives for whom genetic testing is recommended.
What if I already had genetic testing that found a cancer risk gene mutation? What options do I have for increased screening and prevention?

If you have a hereditary cancer syndrome caused by a gene mutation (such as a BRCA1/2 mutation or Lynch Syndrome), you can be seen in our Hereditary Multidisciplinary Clinic.

During a visit, you will meet with multiple cancer specialists at one visit to discuss your cancer risk based on the gene mutation, review risk-reducing recommendations, and schedule screenings.

Contact Information

Phone: 513 853 GENE (4363)
Fax: 513 852 8508

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