Genetic Counseling

Survivorship and Support

Are you concerned about hereditary cancer risk? A genetic counselor can help you determine your risk of developing specific types of cancer, based on your family history and can advise you on managing inherited cancer risk.

Call 484-503-HOPE (4673) to speak to a St. Luke’s genetic counselor.

Genetic counseling may be appropriate for anyone with:

  • A personal or family history of:
    • Cancer diagnosed at an unusually young age
    • More than one family member with the same or related cancers
    • Individuals with bilateral cancers or more than one primary cancer
    • Two or more generations of the family affected
  • Concern or anxiety about personal or family cancer risk
  • Interest in genetic testing for cancer related genes and to discuss cancer risk management options

I had genetic testing in the past; do I ever need to have it again?
The field of genetics is growing rapidly; new genes have been identified and genetic testing technology is improving. If you had genetic testing performed in the past which was inconclusive, there may be new testing options available which could be helpful to you and your family. If you are interested in discussing recent updates in genetic testing, please call for an appointment.

Will insurance pay for genetic testing?

  • Many insurance plans will pay for genetic testing.
  • Financial issues will be discussed individually.

Who should consider genetic counseling?

Genetic counseling may be appropriate for anyone with:

  • A personal or family history of:
    • Cancer diagnosed at an unusually young age
    • More than one family member with the same or related cancers
    • Individuals with bilateral cancers or more than one primary cancer
    • Two or more generations of the family affected
  • Concern or anxiety about personal or family cancer risk
  • Interest in genetic testing for cancer genes and to discuss cancer risk management options.

Family Cancer Risk Evaluation Program

Lynch Syndrome Screening Program