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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:
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.
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:
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:
Clinical trials are research studies of new drugs, new combinations of drugs or already approved drugs being studied to treat patients in new/different ways. They may include new drug doses or new ways (schedules) to give the drugs. Clinical trials are run under strict guidelines. Their purpose is to help find out whether new cancer treatments are safe and effective or better than the standard (current) treatment. Cancer is increasingly becoming a disease in which the genetic make-up of each individual cancer drives therapy.
Find listings of our current Targeted Therapy Trials.
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