Genetic Counseling

As we learn more about cancer, we learn more about how the genes we inherit from our parents can place us at increased risk for various types of cancer. When cancer is diagnosed, it is important to consider whether family members are at risk, too. Genetic counselors at the Hollings Cancer Center are masters-level trained and certified through the American Board of Genetic Counseling, ensuring qualified, professional care.

The genetic counselors at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center offer consultations to individuals who have cancer, individuals who had cancer but are in remission, and individuals with a family member previously diagnosed with cancer.

What is Genetic Testing?

Genetic testing generally involves drawing a blood sample to look for changes in a person’s genes that may indicate an increased risk for cancer. For those with a cancer diagnosis, genetic testing may also be helpful in personalizing cancer screening recommendations.

Who Can Benefit From Genetic Consultation?

  • Individuals with cancer who were diagnosed at a younger than average age, usually before age 50.
  • Patients who develop more than one cancer. For example, breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
  • Individuals with cancer in multiple relatives. For example, when cancer is found on the same side of the family.
  • Patients with rare cancers or tumors (such as male breast cancer, medullary thyroid cancer, pheochromocytoma) or individuals with multiple colon polyps.
  • Individuals with a known pathogenic variant or mutation (positive genetic test result) for a cancer susceptibility gene.

Scheduling an Appointment

For all patients wishing to meet with a genetic counselor, please call 843-792-9300 to schedule your appointment.

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