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The Cancer Genetics Program at St. Jude Crosson Comprehensive Cancer Center helps patients and families with a history of cancer better understand and manage their cancer risk. We provide genetic cancer risk assessment and develop individualized management plans for persons with hereditary or familial occurrences of cancer.

Cancer genetics is a dynamic and evolving field. Considered the leading edge of medicine, genetic testing and counseling shift the focus of cancer from treatment to prevention and early detection. For many hereditary cancer syndromes, genetic testing is available and can potentially identify the cause of cancer in the family and quantify future cancer risks for the patient and their family members.

Please call for more information about the Cancer Genetics Program, to refer a patient, or to schedule an appointment.

The Cancer Genetics Program has evolved to include experts in Genetic Counseling, Medical Oncology, Surgery, and Research. Our board certified genetic counselors and physicians provide individuals with:

  • Detailed genetic counseling and cancer risk assessment
  • Facilitation and interpretation of genetic testing when appropriate
  • An individualized cancer screening and prevention plan
  • Summary management recommendations for you and your family members
  • Detailed consultation reports for you and your doctor

In an effort to provide individuals with access to cancer genetics research, all of our patients are invited to participate in a Hereditary Cancer Research Registry, which is in collaboration with the City of Hope Clinical Cancer Genetics Department.

Test results and reports vary depending on the type of cancer you are being screened for.

  • Breast cancer genetic testing results are typically available in approximately 3 weeks.
  • Colon cancer genetic testing and melanoma genetic testing results are typically available in 3-6 weeks depending on the specific test ordered.
  • For more rare hereditary cancer syndromes, genetic testing may take 6-8 weeks.

After your genetic cancer risk evaluation is completed, you will return to your managing physician(s) for coordination of care. 

Most insurance policies cover genetic counseling and testing. Our patient account specialists verify coverage prior to the patient consultation and alert the patient if genetic services are not a covered benefit. The third party laboratory that performs and bills for the genetic test will also verify coverage as a second check and confirmation of coverage.

Federal and state laws protect patients against insurance companies using genetic results to deny coverage. There are no documented cases of genetic discrimination following genetic counseling or testing for cancer risk.