Genetic Counseling at the Breast Care Center

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Genetic Counseling Program

Our Genetic Counseling Program identifies if you are at high-risk for developing cancer and provides you with the opportunity to work with healthcare providers and take proper steps for risk reduction and increased surveillance.

The process for determining if a patient is recommended for genetic counseling includes:

  • A brief phone interview to determine if an appointment is recommended;
  • A meeting with an advanced registered nurse practitioner to review your personal and family history and to discuss a plan of care. If indicated, an appointment with a Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) genetic counselor is made to review this information further and to discuss testing;
  • A blood draw if testing is recommended;
  • A second appointment with the DFCI genetic counselor and the NHOH medical oncologist if testing is performed and a genetic alteration is found.

Our Program is in collaboration with DFCI. DFCI genetic counselors are available to provide consultation to appropriate patients, along with input from an NHOH physician. All cases are reviewed by the team at DFCI's Cancer Risk & Prevention Program.

Genetic counseling visits are offered at no charge to you, however the cost of genetic tests is your responsibility. Most insurances cover the cost of genetic tests and in cases where testing is not covered, financial assistance may be an option depending on your eligibility.

The Heart of the Grape Wine Tasting event supports our Genetic Counseling Program. Through this fun benefit, community members have the chance to make a difference in the lives of their family, friends and neighbors by supporting the program.

Classes & Events

  • Aug
    1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Have you been recently diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer? This four week support group is for you.
  • Sep
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Have you been diagnosed with metastatic/advanced breast or gynecologic cancer? This program offers you support and education related to your diagnosis.
  • Sep
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Are you a woman within five years of a breast or gynecological cancer diagnosis? This group offers you education and support.