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The Katherine Ann King Rudolph Hereditary Cancer Genetics Program at The Hospital of Central Connecticut is a genetic counseling and testing program for adults at risk of specific hereditary cancers.
Adults who had cancer at a young age or have had two or more cancers such as breast, ovarian or colon, or a family history of certain cancers, are eligible for genetic counseling and testing through the program. The program follows guidelines from the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
The patient will meet with a genetic counselor who will explain the program, discuss concerns, and gather the patient's medical and family history, focusing on types of cancer and ages at diagnosis. If a patient has genetic testing, the counselor will explain at a follow-up visit what test results may mean for the patient and family members.
What gene testing involves
Gene testing looks for inherited defects in genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2, which increase risk of breast and ovarian cancers; and defects in hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer genes, which increase risk of colon, endometrial and ovarian cancers. Testing starts with collecting a blood sample from the patient. DNA from the sample is studied for defects that can increase cancer risk.
Available treatment options
If test results indicate a genetic mutation that increases cancer risk, the genetic counselor will present treatment options for the patient to discuss with his or her doctor.
Physician referral needed
Physician referral is required for genetic counseling and testing, and insurance usually covers testing for patients at risk of hereditary cancer. For more information, please call (860) 224-5900 x6630
Download our Genetics Counseling & Testing brochure