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Understanding Your Genetic Risk

The Clinical Genetics Program at Montefiore Nyack Hospital provides patients with genetic information that will help them manage their health, both to prevent cancer and to better manage it if it occurs. We care for patients recently diagnosed with cancer and for individuals with a personal or family history of cancer. Our program uses the most current information on hereditary cancers and the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of providers to offer individualized care.

We provide genetic counseling and testing covering the full range of hereditary cancer conditions, including hereditary breast and ovarian syndrome, hereditary GI cancers, sarcoma, GU cancers (including prostate and renal), hematologic malignancies, brain tumors, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, SDHX associated syndromes, VHL and others. Our goal is to provide you with the tools and information you need to make the most appropriate treatment decisions and to understand options for early detection and cancer prevention.

What to Expect

A visit typically is an hour-long consultation, either in person or via telemedicine, with a board-certified genetic counselor. Risk assessments start with a genetics evaluation that includes collecting and assessing information about your medical and cancer history, as well as your family’s medical and cancer history. A physical exam may also be performed by our geneticist, if indicated.

When appropriate, genetic testing is offered to identify those at increased risk for cancer. The goal of testing is to provide an assessment of lifetime cancer risk for the individual and to provide appropriate options for treatment and/or early detection and cancer prevention. When a mutation is identified, testing can be offered to other relatives who are at risk for the disease. This information can help your family prevent cancer and take early intervention steps, if needed.


For Appointments and Information call 845-348-8507

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