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High-risk Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics Program

Some individuals and families are at much higher risk of specific gastrointestinal cancers. The following factors can increase your risk of cancer:

  • Personal or family history of colon polyps or colon cancer
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (Gardner's Syndrome)
  • MYH-Associated Polyposis (MAP)
  • Lynch Syndrome (HNPCC)
  • Hamartomatous Polyposis syndromes such as Peutz-Jeghers, Cowdens or Juvenile Polyposis
  • Personal or family history of endometrial cancer or ovarian cancer (which can be associated with colon cancer)
  • Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC) syndrome
  • Hereditary Pancreatic Cancer

The High-Risk GI Cancer Genetics program evaluates individuals with a strong family history of gastrointestinal cancer, especially colon cancer, gastric cancer and pancreatic cancer. Our goal is to serve not only patients, but also their families and referring physicians with up-to-date risk assessments with genetic testing, recommendations and coordination of tailored cancer screenings and management of cancer.  

We encourage referrals of patients, their affected family members, and also those at-risk in their families. Recommendations will be made for clinical screening and surveillance, and when appropriate, genetic testing will be offered.

We also have ongoing clinical trials in many of these areas.

Our Staff

Daniel Chung, MD, Director, GI Cancer Genetics Program
Andrew Chan, MD, MPH

Genetic Counselors

Kristen M. Shannon, MS, CGC
Devanshi Patel, MS, CGC
Linda Rodgers-Fouche, MS, CGC
Janette Lawrence, MS, CGC
Meredith Seidel, MS, CGC
Kiley Delgado, MS, CGC