Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment 

Genetic Risk Assessment ProgramDoes cancer seem to run in your family? 

Approximately 10 percent of all cancers develop due to an inherited predisposition. We are here to offer guidance and support through our Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment Program. 

Our program is open to individuals with a personal and/or family history of cancer. Here at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, our expert team consists of our medical director, certified genetic counselor and advanced practice nurse. We will help you understand the role that heredity plays in cancer development and the possibility that a gene may be responsible for your family's history of cancer. We'll also discuss genetic testing options if indicated, as well as cancer screenings and risk-reduction options. 

Our Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment Program:

  • Evaluates personal and family history 
  • Conducts a cancer risk analysis and calculation 
  • Discusses benefits, limitations and costs of genetic testing, including issues of privacy, confidentiality, and discrimination 
  • Explores the medical and psychosocial implications of cancer risk and genetic testing 
  • Reviews medical management and screening options as recommended by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network or other nationally recognized organization.
  • Facilitates genetic testing, when appropriate 
  • Interprets genetic test results within context of personal and family history 
  • Provides updates to appropriate families, when new genes are identified or additional testing becomes available 
  • Provides referrals to psychosocial counseling and support services as needed 
  • Offers community education regarding cancer genetics 

Preliminary Questions:

  • Have two or more of your close blood relatives had cancer? 
  • Has the same type of cancer occurred in more than one relative on the same side of the family? 
  • Has any individual in your family had more than one type of cancer? 
  • Has cancer been diagnosed in a family member under 50 years of age? 
  • Has a rare cancer or tumor occurred in an individual or several individuals within your family? 
  • Have two or more separate tumors occurred in the same organ in any family member (for example, breast cancer in both breasts)? 

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, you may want to consider making an appointment with the Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment Program.

Before scheduling your appointment, please complete the Family History Questionnaire.

Once completed mail or fax the questionnaire to us. The information you provide us is key in determining a person's risk for hereditary cancer.

Please Note: 

  • Insurance coverage varies; the consultation will be determined after you have been scheduled for an appointment.
  • A script referral is required for billing purposes, if you plan to use health insurance. Please have your physician complete and return our referral form.
  • A financial counselor is available to assist you with evaluating your needs and verification of insurance coverage for services. 

Contact Us:

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us as we will help guide you in the right direction.

Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment & Cancer Prevention Program

Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
Second Floor, Suite 300
Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday