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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.
Answers to Genetic Testing and Genetic Counseling FAQs, by our expert team of Certified Genetic Counselors. Learn More
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.
The CCRAcers are fundraising for the Everyday Amazing Race to support the MGH Cancer Center! On September 10th, genetic counselors from the Center for Cancer Risk Assessment (CCRA) and their families will be participating in the 5K run, the 2K walk, and even the Kids’ Dash! You can donate to our team here and help us meet our goal.
If you’d like to join the CCRAcers, or make your own team, register for the Everyday Amazing Race now!
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.
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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