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How Does the Program Work?

If you or your physician believes that you are an appropriate candidate for a genetic risk assessment, you will be referred to genetic services within the medical oncology department at the Hickman Cancer Center on the ProMedica Flower Hospital campus.

You will be asked to provide detailed information regarding the cancer diagnoses in your family, so it’s helpful to prepare this ahead of time.

The genetic risk assessment involves a consultation with a certified genetic counselor and possibly a physician. During this time, your family history and medical history will be reviewed. The providers will then discuss options for you and your family. These include further genetic testing, possible changes to medical screening procedures and frequencies, in addition to other risk reducing options.

If genetic testing is deemed appropriate, we will order the testing. When the results are available, you will again meet with the genetic counselor to discuss the results and recommendations. The results and recommendations will also be sent to your referring provider and your primary care provider.

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