IF YOU MEET ONE OR MORE OF THE RISK FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH BRCA1 OR BRCA2, YOU SHOULD TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR OR SEEK GENETIC COUNSELING. YOU CAN FIND A CERTIFIED GENETIC COUNSELOR AND LEARN MORE ABOUT GENETIC COUNSELING THROUGH THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF GENETIC COUNSELORS

Should you need to meet with a genetic counselor about your hereditary cancer risk, be prepared with these details:

FAMILY HISTORY

  • List of family members who have had cancer
  • What were their specific cancer diagnoses
    (2nd primary cancer, recurrent cancer, etc.)
  • Age at time of cancer diagnosis
  • Copies of any medical reports available
    (pathology reports, genetic test results, death certificates, etc.)
  • Age of death of family members diagnosed with cancer
  • Information about family members who have not had cancer

PERSONAL HISTORY

  • Screening practices
    (Mammography, CA-125, age screening was initiated, etc.)
  • Any risk-reducing behaviors such as chemoprevention
    (e.g., tamoxifen, bilateral oopherectomy, etc.)

Genetic Counselors in Greater Cincinnati

The Hereditary Cancer Program
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC Burnet and Mason Campuses, The Christ Hospital Cancer Center, The Center for Women’s Health at Mercy Hospital, Anderson and Mercy West Hospital, and Jewish Hospital)
513-636-4760, hereditarycancerprogram@cchmc.org

The Hereditary Cancer Program
St. Elizabeth Healthcare (St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood or Ft. Thomas)
859-301-5396. For appointments call 859-655-7400.

The Cancer Genetics Program
TriHealth Cancer Institute (Good Samaritan and Bethesda North Hospitals)
513-853-1300. For appointments call 513-451-4033.

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