Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. A portion of these colon cancers are due to genetic predisposition genes. The Blum Center shares more in a recent presentation.
Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics Clinic
Yawkey Building, Suite 10B
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
If you are interested in a consultation with the GI Cancer Risk Assessment team, you can make an appointment at one of four locations:
- Mass General Cancer Center main campus (Yawkey Building, Suite 10B, 55 Fruit St., Boston); call 617-724-1971
- Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center (102 Endicott St., Danvers, MA); call 978-882-6370
- Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital – Bethke (133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Concord, MA); call 978-371-4805
- Mass General Waltham (52 Second Ave., Suite 1110, Waltham, MA 02451); call 781-487-6100
Explore the Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics Clinic
The Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics Program is under the direction of Daniel C. Chung, MD, a gastroenterologist and researcher who also serves as clinical chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital Gastrointestinal Unit. Our staff includes specialists in both gastroenterology and genetics.
At this clinic, patients typically meet with a genetic counselor and Dr. Chung to review family and medical history and discuss options for genetic testing. We also provide recommendations for medical management.
Should You Consider Genetic Counseling?
A visit to our clinic may be right for you if you have a personal or family history of one or more of the following:
- Early-onset colorectal, uterine, stomach or other gastrointestinal cancers
- Two or more primary colon or gastrointestinal cancers
- Early-onset or multiple gastrointestinal polyps
- Multiple family members with pancreatic cancer
Hereditary Gastrointestinal Cancer Diseases
The syndromes most commonly discussed with patients in our clinic include:
- Lynch syndrome, also known as hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) syndrome: People with Lynch syndrome are at an increased risk of colon, uterine, stomach, ovarian, small bowel and other types of cancers. The genes responsible for this syndrome are MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, PMS2 and EPCAM.
- Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) syndrome: People with FAP have a greater risk of developing multiple colon and other gastrointestinal polyps as well as certain types of colon and other gastrointestinal cancers. The gene responsible for this syndrome is APC.
- MUTYH-associated polyposis (MAP) syndrome: MAP syndrome results in an increased risk of multiple colon and other gastrointestinal polyps as well as colorectal cancer. The gene responsible for this syndrome is MUTYH.
- Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC) syndrome: People with HDGC have an increased risk of developing diffuse stomach cancer and lobular breast cancer. The gene responsible for this syndrome is CDH1.
- Familial pancreatic cancer: Some families have an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Depending on the other cancers in the family, genetic testing may be appropriate to help assess the risk to family members.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. A portion of these colon cancers are due to genetic predisposition genes. In this presentation from July 24, 2020, Chandrika Kurpad, MS, LCGC, discusses colon cancer-causing genes and what you can do if colon cancer runs in your family.
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Provides Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer families with education and support.
Information & assistance to individuals with Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer.