Baptist Cancer Institute’s High Risk Genetics Program
Baptist’s high risk genetics program encompasses a team of innovative and compassionate physicians and team members who share a common goal of helping patients through prevention and early detection.
What is genetic testing?
Genetic testing searches for specific changes in your genes and can help you determine if you are at increased risk for developing certain types of types of hereditary cancer, including:
Are you a candidate for genetic testing?
If you have a personal or family history of cancer or meet any of the criteria below, we encourage you to consider genetic testing:
- Cancer that was diagnosed at a young age (under 50)
- Several different types of cancer that have occurred independently
- Several close blood relatives who have the same type of cancer
- Rare cancers in your personal or family history (ovarian, pancreatic, metastatic prostate cancer)
How is genetic testing done?
A sample is collected at our high-risk genetics clinic. The sample is then sent to a laboratory that specializes in genetic testing.
It usually takes a few weeks to receive your results. Once your provider reviews your results, they will reach out to schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss your risks and develop a care plan that best meet your needs.
What are the Benefits
- Understand if you have a genetic risk
- Personalized cancer prevention plan
- Enrollment in high-risk program
- Opportunities to get family members access to testing
Our team will be with you every step of the way!
Genetic testing can have several benefits. If you test positive, it is important to know that you have an experienced team of specialists behind you who will work together to help you every step of the way. For more information about our program, call 850.469.2276.