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We help to identify families that may have a hereditary renal (kidney) cancer syndrome and, when indicated, offer genetic testing, screening and support.
The Familial Renal Cell Carcinoma and von Hippel-Lindau Disease Clinic is an integral part of the Center for Cancer Risk Assessment (CCRA). It is led by Othon Iliopoulos, MD, a medical oncologist and researcher focused on the biological basis of renal (kidney) cancer and other types of tumors.
New patients meet with Dr. Iliopoulos and a genetic counselor for evaluation of kidney cancer susceptibility and medical care. If necessary, blood is drawn for genetic testing. This information helps guide patients and their family members regarding their future cancer risk.
If you are identified as high-risk based on genetic testing and/or family history, you can choose to be followed by Dr. Iliopoulos and the high-risk team at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.
A visit to our clinic may be appropriate if you have a personal or family history of one or more of the following:
The syndromes most commonly discussed with patients in our clinic are listed below, along with common features often seen in these conditions.
In addition to genetic risk assessment, we also specialize in providing comprehensive medical management for the above hereditary syndromes. We are recognized as a VHL Clinical Care Center by the VHL Alliance.
The Familial RCC and VHL Disease clinic is held weekly in the Yawkey Building, Suite 7E, 55 Fruit St., Boston. To schedule an appointment, please call 617-724-1971.
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