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Princess Margaret Cancer Centre |
Maps & Directions5th Floor
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Phone: 416 946 2270
Fax: 416 946 6528
The Familial Cancer Clinic provides genetic counselling and risk assessment services to people with a personal or family history of cancer. We can talk with you about whether the cancer in your family may be hereditary and discuss how you can manage your risk of developing cancer. We can also let you know if you are eligible for high-risk breast cancer screening.
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Inheriting certain genetic changes means you have a higher risk of getting cancer (an inherited predisposition to cancer). It does not mean you will get cancer. Hereditary cancers are cancers that can happen if you have inherited a predisposition that is being passed through the generations of your family. A genetic counsellor can give you information about the chance that the cancer in your family hereditary. This is called a hereditary cancer risk assessment.
Genetic testing involves giving a blood sample that will be checked for a change in a gene that increases the risk of developing certain types of cancer. Not everyone is eligible for genetic testing. The Ontario Ministry of Health has some specific criteria to determine who is eligible for this testing.
Genetic counsellors are experts who can help you understand your risk of developing cancer. They can discuss your family history of cancer and review and explain the results of any genetic testing you may have had done.You may wish to ask your doctor for a referral to our clinic if you or a family member (on your mother's or father's side) have had any of the following:
As part of a genetic counselling session, you will have the opportunity to discuss:
We understand that many factors should be considered when discussing your personal or family history of cancer, your options for genetic testing, and cancer screening and prevention. Our genetic counsellors tailor each consultation to fit your individual needs.
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has many services available to help you and your family before, during and after treatment.
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