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Our team helps to identify families that may have a hereditary cancer syndrome and, when indicated, provides genetic testing, screening and support. Our certified and licensed genetic counselors are experienced in helping patients gather the information they need to make informed healthcare decisions. We offer hereditary cancer risk assessment, education and genetic testing across a variety of specialty clinics.
CCRA patients have access to all of the resources of Massachusetts General Hospital, which means a multidisciplinary team of specialists is available to manage every aspect of your care. If you learn you have a genetic predisposition to cancer, your options for care may include:
Like all treatment centers within the Cancer Center, our program is highly involved in research. We lead and participate in studies to develop a better understanding of the genetic causes of several cancer syndromes as well as studies to advance cancer treatment and screenings.
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Clinical Director, Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetics Associate Physician, MGH Cancer CenterProgram Director, Breast Medical Oncology
Clinical Chief, Gastrointestinal Unit Director, High-Risk GI Cancer Clinic
Administrative Director, Cancer Center Genetics Program
Answers to Genetic Testing and Genetic Counseling FAQs, by our expert team of Certified Genetic Counselors.
Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetics and Risk Assessment Clinichelps to identify families that may have a hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancer syndrome and, when indicated, offer genetic testing, cancer screening and support.
Endocrine Tumor Genetics Clinichelps to identify families that may have a hereditary risk for endocrine tumors and, when indicated, offer genetic testing, screening and support.
Familial Renal Cell Carcinoma and von Hippel-Lindau Disease Clinic helps to identify families that may have a hereditary renal (kidney) cancer syndrome and, when indicated, offer genetic testing, screening and support.
Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics Clinichelps identify families that may have a hereditary colon or gastrointestinal cancer syndrome and, when indicated, offer genetic testing, cancer screening and support.
Melanoma Genetics Clinichelps to identify families that may have a hereditary melanoma syndrome and, when indicated, offer genetic testing, cancer screening and support.
Neuro-Oncology Genetics Clinicoffers genetic counseling and testing for patients with neurofibromatosis (NF1, NF2, schwannomatosis) as well as those with strong personal and family histories of cancers of the central nervous system.
If you have a strong personal and/or family history of cancer and genetic testing in the past did not find an answer, expanded testing could be considered. Many more cancer predisposition genes are available for testing through multi-gene panel testing. Multi-gene cancer panels utilize a laboratory technique that allows multiple genes to be tested simultaneously. We encourage you to re-contact our team at any time to discuss the pros and cons of expanded testing for you or your family. Below are some of the examples of genes available through expanded testing:
The 8th Biennial Conference for BRCA mutation carriers will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Mass General Hospital. This event brings together BRCA carriers and their family members from Mass General, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to connect with one another while learning about updates in the management of BRCA-related cancer risk, exploring local support resources, and sharing experiences. It is an opportunity to learn from renowned physicians in the field, as well as from other BRCA carriers at various points in their journeys. This popular event will be a fantastic educational and community-building opportunity! If you are a BRCA carrier, you will be receiving information in the mail with event and registration details. We look forward to seeing you there!
For the last 10 years, Mass General's Center for Cancer Risk Assessment (CCRA) has been providing on-site genetic counseling to various community hospitals in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Recently, we teamed with the MGH TeleHealth program in order to provide patients at Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) in Lewiston, ME, with virtual genetic counseling.
“Telegenetics” is the provision of genetic counseling services at a distance, over a computer network. Just like an in person genetic counseling visit, a patient schedules an appointment with CMMC and attends the appointment at their facility. Through a secure video connection, the patient meets with a genetic counselor that is stationed in Boston at MGH. Genetic counseling is provided and, if appropriate, genetic testing coordinated through a blood draw at the CMMC facility. This program has been incredibly well received by both patients and providers and offers the expertise of MGH genetic counselors more readily to our patients at CMMC.
The CCRA is excited to welcome three new genetic counselors to the team!
Shelley McCormick, MS, LCGC earned a bachelor of arts in Behavioral Biology from The Johns Hopkins University and her master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Brandeis University. After graduating from Brandeis in 2005, she joined the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she provided clinical genetic counseling and worked on a number of research projects. Ms. McCormick’s research interests include the use of teleconferencing technology to provide genetic counseling to patients in remote areas. As a senior genetic counselor in the CCRA, Ms. McCormick provides risk assessment and genetic counseling services in both the Breast/Ovarian and GI Cancer Genetics clinics at the MGH Boston Campus. She was recently appointed to the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Genetic Counselors. A dedicated bike commuter, Ms. McCormick also enjoys traveling and cheering on her home team, the Boston Celtics.
Amy Mueller, MPH, MS, LCGC graduated from the University of Richmond in 2010 with a bachelor of arts in biology and public health. In 2013 she earned her Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston University. She earned a Master’s in Genetic Counseling from Boston University in 2015. As part of the CCRA, she provides risk assessment and genetic counseling services in a variety of cancer predisposition clinics, including the neuro-oncology genetics clinic. Her interests include ethical issues in genetics and the impact of genetic testing on public health. Outside of the clinic, Ms. Mueller enjoys being outdoors and recently spent a week hiking in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Carly Grant, MS, LCGC earned a master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Brandeis University in 2005 having previously earned her bachelor of science in Molecular Biology at Haverford College in 1997. After completing her graduate degree, she worked as a prenatal genetic counselor at Massachusetts General Hospital. From 2006-2009 she worked as a research genetic counselor at Boston Children’s Hospital where she also gained experience in clinical pediatric genetics. She then worked with the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where she saw both children and adults at risk for a variety of hereditary cancer syndromes, and she participated in research and educational outreach. Ms. Grant has a love for teaching and presenting about genetics to different audiences. She also has a keen interest in the psychosocial aspects of hereditary cancer syndromes. Ms. Grant is working part-time for the CCRA focusing her care at the MGH Bethke Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital. Outside of the clinics, Ms. Grant enjoys long distance running. This year she is running the Boston Marathon, and we hope you can cheer her on.
Center for Cancer Risk Assessment 55 Fruit Street, YAW 10B Boston, Massachusetts 02114 Tel: 617-724-1971 Fax: 617-726-9418
Patient Services Coordinator: Sanae Maouhoub
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