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Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetics and Risk Assessment Program
The Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetics Clinic was the first disease program established within the Center for Cancer Risk Assessment (CCRA). Under the direction of Leif W. Ellisen, MD, PhD, our staff includes specialists in both breast oncology and genetics. We also work closely with the gynecology/oncology group at Mass General.
Patients interested in an evaluation for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer meet first with a genetic counselor. During the initial genetics consultation, family history is carefully reviewed. If an individual’s personal or family history suggests a possible genetic risk, the option of genetic testing is discussed. Each case is reviewed with Dr. Ellisen and the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetics team. Medical management recommendations are made when appropriate. Patients identified as high-risk based on genetic testing and/or family history can choose to be followed by Dr. Ellisen and the high-risk team at the Cancer Center.
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