Our Services

UPMC CancerCenter offers genetic services through the Cancer Genetics Program (CGP), a joint program of:

The CGP provides education, research, and cancer risk assessments for people concerned about their risk for cancer. We also share how genetic inheritance may play a role in getting cancer.

Our counselors have special training in cancer genetics and certification by the American Board of Medical Genetics or American Board of Genetic Counseling.

Cancer Genetic Counseling Services

The CGP:

  • Provides genetic counseling to check for cancer risk.
  • Informs people about cancer screenings and genetic tests.
  • Helps people and their families learn how certain cancers may cluster in families.
  • Informs people about the most current genetic tests.
  • Instructs people about which cancer screening tests may offer early detection.
  • Offers prevention steps that make sense for each person.

Why Do I Need Cancer Genetic Counseling?

Many people schedule a genetic consult and — in certain cases — pursue targeted testing for hereditary cancer syndromes, such as:

  • Cowden Syndrome (PTEN)
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (APC)
  • Familial Melanoma (CDKN2A)
  • Hereditary Breast-Ovarian Cancer (BRCA1, BRCA2)
  • Hereditary Non-polyposis Colorectal Cancer (MSH2, MLH1, MSH6, PMS2)
  • Hereditary Paraganglioma (SDHB, SDHD)
  • Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (TP53)
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1 (MEN1) and Type 2 (RET)
  • Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome (PTCH)
  • Von Hippel-Lindau Disease (VHL)

What Will I Learn From a Cancer Genetic Consult?

Having a genetic consult may help relieve any worry about cancer risk and provide a sense of control.

After a complete review of your family and medical history, the consult team will discuss:

  • The types of genetic tests available for certain cancers.
  • The risks, benefits, and limitations of cancer genetic testing.
  • Cancer screening tests and how often you should have them.
  • The complete details of your family tree.
  • Your estimated risks for certain cancers based on your age, family history, and other factors.
  • The possible role of genetics in your family's cancer.
  • Your feelings about cancer and risk.

Find answers to more questions about cancer genetic counseling.

Cancer Genetic Research and Continuing Medical Education (CME)

The CGP strives to provide expert clinical consults in cancer genetics through:

  • Developing a cohort of patients and families with hereditary cancer for research studies.
  • Training and CME for health care professionals.