The Colon Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program provides comprehensive risk assessment, education, and screening for patients at increased risk of colon cancer. Our multidisciplinary expert team of genetic counselors, nurse practitioners, and physicians works together to create a personalized care plan for each patient.
Who is at increased risk of colon cancer?
Strong family history of colorectal or GI cancer
Genetic predisposition, such as an inherited mutation in Lynch Syndrome or other colon cancer-related genes
Significant history of colon polyps
What to expect from your appointments
The Colon Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program aims to provide a comprehensive, personalized consultation tailored to the needs of the individual patient. Many patients will meet first with a genetic counselor who will review family history and other risk factors for cancer, explain the role of genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes, offer testing (if appropriate), and provide an overall cancer risk assessment.
We arrange for appropriate colon cancer screening. If needed, we can also assist with arranging consultations with other specialists for a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention and surveillance.
With hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes, two factors determine screening schedules: the particular condition you have and the number and makeup of your polyps. Your treatment team can explain the benefits and risks of managing the disease with colonoscopies. Our screening guidelines for colorectal cancer consider factors specific to you, including your age, family medical history, and genetics.