Washington Cancer Genetics Program
An affiliate of UCSF Medical Center
you concerned about a strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer?
Private consultations for genetic counseling and risk assessment are available
with a physician referral.
What cancers can
we genetically screen?
We can genetically test for a predisposition to a wide range of cancers.
determine if you are in a group for which
genetic testing is recommended, please visit our website at
Some of the cancers for which we perform genetic tests
• Breast and ovarian cancer
Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer
Early-age (under 50) brain cancer
Medullary thyroid cancer
Paraganglioma or pheochromocytoma
How can I find out more about genetic
counseling and genetic testing?
We offer an information class which
includes the following topics:
• Am I a candidate for genetic testing? Understanding your risk
What genetic testing will tell you and implications for your family
role of the genetic counselor and medical oncologist
• The role of obtaining a three-generation family history
Program costs and insurance authorization
If you decide to participate in our program, a comprehensive risk assessment
will be completed.
This includes obtaining a complete personal and family medical history
for an assessment of cancer risk and possible predisposition for carrying a
As part of the
program you will meet with our specially trained genetic counselors that will
provide the following:
• Education regarding genetic susceptibility, risk assessment and genetic testing
• Non-directive assistance with decision making
• Support in identifying and coping with the psychological and social concerns
related to an increased cancer risk
• Discussion of the familial implications of hereditary cancers
Genetic Testing and Results
testing is pursued, you will discuss the results and recommended risk
management strategies with the trained medical oncologist. Additionally, your
primary physician will receive a consultation report which includes your
and the options that were discussed. Finally, genetic risks for other family
members can be discussed and participation
in research studies may be offered.
The medical oncologist will work with
you and your primary physician to recommend tailored
strategies, preventive measures, screening tests, and procedures.
Options may include increased surveillance,
medications, or surgery. If appropriate, participation in research protocols
and clinical trials will be offered.
The Washington Cancer Genetics
Program is a collaboration between UCSF Medical Center and Washington Hospital
Healthcare System. This relationship allows us to offer our community the
latest research protocols while exploring the molecular and genetic basis of
cancer susceptibility, new methods for early
detection and prevention of cancer, and determining cancer risk in different
ethnic groups. The Program offers genetic
counseling for individuals concerned with the risk of an inherited cancer
predisposition. The clinic's staff includes genetic counselors, medical
and Imaging Center
2500 Mowry Avenue,
For more information call the
Washington Women’s Center
Coordinator at (510) 608-1356
Free parking and adjacent to Fremont BART
Costs for genetic counseling and testing will vary with the complexity of the
Check your insurance policy guidelines for coverage.