Genetic Counseling

Increased Risk Program

At The Hospital of Central Connecticut, we want you to know the facts about your risk.  We can assess your risk and, if it is elevated, we can help you develop a plan for screening and, when appropriate, refer you for genetic counseling and testing. We can also teach you about ways to reduce your risk and can make referrals to other healthcare professionals for more information. A referral to this program may be appropriate if an individual has a personal or family history of breast or ovarian cancer, a genetic factor that leads to a higher risk of breast cancer, atypical cells found in the breast biopsy, previous radiation to the chest before the age of 30, or a male relative with breast cancer. To learn more, please call 860.224.5416.

Genetic Counseling & Testing Program

The Katherine Ann King Rudolph Hereditary Cancer Genetics Program at The Hospital of Central Connecticut is a genetic counseling and testing program for those at risk of specific hereditary cancers.

Potential Candidates

Individuals who had cancer at a younger 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, National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Genetic testing for adult-onset conditions, such as BRCA and Lynch syndrome, is not recommended prior to age 18. There are some hereditary cancer syndromes which develop in childhood for which genetic counseling and testing of individuals prior to age 18 may be appropriate.

Genetic Counseling

The patient will meet with a genetic counselor who will discuss the factors that may contribute to cancer risk. These include details of the medical history as well as the medical and cancer history for the maternal and paternal family members. The genetic counselor will address any concerns about hereditary cancer. If a patient has genetic testing, the counselor will explain what test results may mean for the patient and family members.

What Genetic Testing Involves

Genetic testing looks for inherited mutations or alterations in genes which may increase risk of certain cancers. If genetic testing is appropriate, it is typically done by a blood draw or, in some cases, a saliva sample. DNA from the sample is sent to a genetics laboratory to be studied for genetic mutations.

The genetic testing laboratory will contact the patient if there is a cost prior to testing; most insurance companies cover testing for those who meet the medical criteria. If a person does not have health insurance, coverage for testing may be available through a financial assistance program.

Available Treatment Options

If test results indicate a genetic mutation that increases cancer risk, the genetic counselor will present increased screening or surgical options for the patient to discuss with his or her healthcare providers.

Healthcare Provider Referral Needed
Referral from a healthcare provider is required for genetic counseling and testing. For more information, please call 860.827.4185.

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