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Some individuals have an increased risk of developing cancer based on their personal and/or family history. Several members, across generations, may be affected. The Center for Cancer Risk Assessment provides evaluation, counseling, testing and referral for appropriate ongoing monitoring, treatment and follow-up for hereditary cancers, including:
Our center also provides counseling and genetic testing for the following syndromes:
In addition to the comprehensive services provided by the Center for Cancer Risk Assessment, patients in our program have access to all the resources of Massachusetts General Hospital. This allows every patient’s complete care to be coordinated by a multidisciplinary team of specialists all in one place.
Patients who learn they have a genetic predisposition to cancer have options that can also be fully managed within Mass General, including:
All patients of the Cancer Center are cared for by a multidisciplinary team of specialists and those who come to the Center for Cancer Risk Assessment are no exception. Our program includes:
Like all treatment centers within the Cancer Center, our program is highly involved in research. We lead and participate in studies to develop better understanding of the genetic causes of several cancer syndromes, as well as studies to advance cancer treatment and screenings.
The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program focuses on improving the quality of life and well-being of Cancer Center patients, their families and friends through free wellness services such as acupuncture and yoga. These services help you take care of your whole self — mind, body and spirit.
The Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Center is a program that offers a range of support resources around the Cancer Center. The center has an ongoing mission to make support services, as well as respite and community-building areas, more accessible to patients and families throughout the Cancer Center.
Illuminations is a rotating art exhibit displayed in the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. The program aims to enlighten and encourage patients and their loved ones by enhancing our environment of care.
The Marjorie E. Korff PACT program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center provides psycho-educational support for parents who are patients.
Our oncology chaplain is familiar with the unique needs of those with cancer.
A home infusion pump may be part of your treatment plan. In some cases, you may have the option for disconnecting the chemotherapy from home. If this option applies to you, and you would prefer to disconnect from home, this instructional video will reinforce the teaching provided to you by your nurse in the Mass General cancer Center
On May 26, the MGH Cancer Center celebrated the eighth annual the one hundred, an event honoring 100 individuals and groups whose commitment to the fight against cancer creates hope and inspires action.
MGH Hotline 6.10.11 One individual can make an incredible difference for a patient with cancer.
December and January episodes of the television show “Grey’s Anatomy” featured a storyline about von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease, a rare but serious genetically-inherited condition that can cause abnormal blood vessel growth and tumor development. Gayun Chan-Smutko, MS, CGC, a genetic counselor in the Cancer Center’s von Hippel-Lindau Clinic discusses testing, screening and treatment options for VHL.
Senior Genetic Counselor, Gayun Chan-Smutko, MS, CGC
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