Genetics and Use of Family History
The NJVCBC believes in the importance of genetics counseling for patients with both cancerous and non-cancerous breast conditions.
A patient with breast cancer often has questions about the risks of breast cancer in family members. A genetics counselor provides education about the risks of breast cancer developing in other family members. A geneticist can also assist in determining risks of other cancers in a patient and their family, and can offer state of the art genetics testing.
Genetics experts are knowledgeable in many other areas including but not limited to breast cancer risk assessment, screening guidelines for breast and other cancers, and informed consent for specific genetic assessment such as BRCA1, BRCA2, and PTEN genes. Enrollment in national genetic screening studies is offered for appropriate eligible patients.