Cancer Genetics Program
Lifespan Cancer Institute

Genetic Evaluation and Counseling for Cancer

What happens during genetic evaluation for cancer?

Genetics evaluation and counseling with a genetics professional involves an analysis of an individual’s personal and family history to determine the risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome. Typically, this evaluation involves a genetic counselor or physician (a geneticist or an oncologist) with specialized training in medical genetics. During this appointment, the genetics professional will discuss.

  • Your personal and medical history and cancer screening history
  • Your family history of cancer
  • Risk assessment for a hereditary cancer syndrome
  • Appropriate genetic testing options based on your history
  • Benefits and limitations of genetic testing