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Genetic Counseling Program

Find out if you should have a BRCA gene test.

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

  • Oct
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    An annual event for any individuals previously and newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Oct
    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    If you are a cancer survivor seeking to increases your strength and decrease your fatigue this gentle water exercise program is for you.
  • Oct
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Are you a cancer survivor? This program offers you and your loved ones support and education related to your diagnosis.

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