Genetic Testing & Counseling for Cancer

If you're at high risk for developing cancer, the Genetic Counseling Program identifies and provides you with the opportunity to work with healthcare providers and take proper steps for risk reduction and increased surveillance.

What to Expect

  • 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.
  • 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.

The Genetic Counseling 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.

Free Genetic Counseling

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 help may be an option depending on your eligibility.

Tasting Benefit Helps Genetic Counseling Patients

Proceeds from our Trust's Crafts, Drafts & Barrels Tasting Benefit support the Breast Care Center's Genetic Counseling Program. In 2018, the Breast Care Center saw over 1,110 new patients. Approximately 2,000 patients had new or follow-up visits with a Breast Care Center surgeon; 151 patients received genetic counseling thanks to philanthropic support.

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