Genetic Counseling & Testing
There is no sure way to predict whether a person will develop cancer or not. However, genetic testing is available to help hereditary cancer specialists identify if a person is at an increased risk of developing certain types of diseases, such as breast cancer, colorectal cancers, ovarian cancer, or prostate cancer. The genetic counselors at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC) work with patients to determine if they have any genetic conditions or inherited gene mutations linked to developing these cancers.
When you make an appointment at RMCC, you can expect your first appointment to involve a review of your personal and family medical history. With this information, our counselors will be able to discuss current genetic testing options and the most appropriate testing options for you. If your genetic counselor determines that genetic testing is necessary, and you provide informed consent for the recommended test, a sample is collected during a clinic visit. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled 2-4 weeks following your genetic test, where you and your genetic counselor can discuss your results.
Genetic Counseling vs. Genetic Testing
Genetic counseling is an appointment you will have with a genetic counselor to assess you and your family’s cancer risks. During this appointment, a genetic counselor will discuss your genetic testing options, obtain informed consent for testing, interpret your results, and utilize all known information to determine a management/screening plan if you are shown to have any cancer risks.
Genetic testing is a blood/saliva test that can show if you inherited an abnormal gene (mutation) that increases your risks for certain cancers. The results of this test can be relevant for both you and your family members.
Genetic Testing FAQs
We know the ins and outs of genetic testing can be overwhelming. In this section, we address some important, frequently asked questions so you can feel more confident in your decision to participate in genetic testing.
Genetic Counseling Appointment Guide
Made your appointment with a genetic counselor, but still wondering what to expect? Review this section to review and complete your next steps, before your appointment.
Meet the Genetic Counseling Team
The genetic counselors at RMCC believe in the power of human connections to help you and your family derive personal meaning from genetic cancer risk assessments and genetic counseling.
Genetic Testing Forms
Complete your genetic testing forms online.
*Please note that you will be taken to a secure site to complete these forms.
Who Needs Genetic Testing for Cancer?
If you or someone in your family is diagnosed with cancer, it’s understandable that you’d be concerned as to whether or not this diagnosis puts you or your family members at an increased risk of developing cancer. But, do they really need it?
Pros & Cons of Genetic Testing for Cancer
There are certainly some benefits to being tested for inherited gene mutations that are associated with cancer risks. However, it is important to understand that there are some disadvantages associated with cancer genetic testing.
Hereditary Cancer Syndromes
You may be wondering “What types of cancers can you detect with genetic testing?” We also know that genetic testing can provide valuable information about gene mutations related to certain types of cancers. It also provides insight into genes that may put you at more risk of developing cancer.