Explore the Endocrine Tumor Genetics Clinic

The Endocrine Tumor Genetics Clinic is a collaboration between the Center for Cancer Risk Assessment (CCRA) and Thyroid Associates at Massachusetts General Hospital.

At this clinic, patients meet with a genetic counselor and an endocrinologist to review family history and discuss options for genetic testing.

Should You Consider Genetic Counseling?

A visit to our clinic may be appropriate if you have a personal or family history of endocrine tumors in one or more of the following organs:

  • Pancreas
  • Thyroid gland
  • Parathyroid glands
  • Pituitary gland
  • Adrenal glands

Hereditary Endocrine Cancer Diseases

The syndromes most commonly discussed with patients in our clinic include:

  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia, type 1 (MEN1): People with MEN1 can develop tumors in the parathyroid glands or pituitary gland, or endocrine tumors of the gastrointestinal tract (e.g. pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors). The gene responsible for this syndrome is also called MEN1
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia, type 2 (MEN2): People with MEN2 have a mutation in the RET gene. This syndrome can cause specific cancers of the thyroid called medullary thyroid carcinoma. Some families are also at risk for tumors in the adrenal and parathyroid glands

We also may discuss other syndromes based on your clinical and/or family history. These include:


Patient Education and Resources

Genetic Testing FAQs

Genetic Testing FAQs

Answers to genetic testing FAQs, by our team of certified genetic counselors.

Adrenal Tumors Treatment Program

Adrenal Tumors Treatment Program

Learn about the Cancer Center's Adrenal Tumors Treatment Program.

Parathyroid Tumors Treatment Program

Parathyroid Tumors Treatment Program

Learn about the Cancer Center's Parathyroid Tumors Treatment Program.

Thyroid Tumors Treatment Program

Thyroid Tumors Treatment Program

Learn about the Cancer Center's Thyroid Tumors Treatment Program.

Center for Cancer Risk Assessment

Center for Cancer Risk Assessment

Provides genetic counseling & testing for those who may be at risk of hereditary cancer.