The Gastrointestinal Cancer Risk Evaluation Program offers comprehensive information and evaluation for patients who may be at an increased risk for developing gastrointestinal polyps and/or gastrointestinal cancer due to a hereditary syndrome.
Who has an Increased Risk for Gastrointestinal Cancer?
You may have an increased risk of an inherited gastrointestinal cancer (such as pancreatic cancer, colon cancer and gastric cancer) and/or polyposis syndrome if:
- You have multiple relatives with different forms of cancer and/or colon polyps;
- You have been diagnosed with colon polyps, colon cancer or another gastrointestinal cancer at an early age;
- You have more than one form of cancer, or a pattern of cancer types that resemble a known hereditary cancer syndrome.
If a patient, or a relative of a patient, is concerned about their risk for developing gastrointestinal cancer, our Gastrointestinal Cancer Risk Evaluation Program can help answer these questions:
- What is my level of risk for developing gastrointestinal cancer?
- How can I protect myself?
- What about the risk to my family members?
- Would testing for inherited cancer risk syndromes be helpful?
Your Gastrointestinal Cancer Risk Evaluation
The gastrointestinal cancer risk evaluation begins with a combined appointment with both a physician specializing in gastrointestinal cancer genetics and a certified genetic counselor.
Our genetic counselors have extensive experience in family history assessment, education and counseling for people with a family history of gastrointestinal cancer and/or gastrointestinal polyps. This evaluation includes a comprehensive review of your personal and family medical history. The team may also discuss and offer genetic testing options at this visit.
Following your evaluation, the team provides an expert assessment of your gastrointestinal cancer risk and a plan for managing your risk.
If you are concerned about the risk of gastrointestinal cancer, it's important to have the best team of experts. Our team provides information, care and support to help patients utilize our clinical, genetic and research services.
New patients seeking an appointment with the Gastrointestinal Cancer Risk Evaluation Program can get started by: