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Cancer Genetics

Cancer Genetics

Because your family’s health history plays a large role in the development of certain cancers, you may benefit from discussing your situation with experts in the Cancer Genetics program at OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City. Screening for high-risk cancers helps identify these conditions in the early stages when they’re much more treatable.

Expert Cancer Genetics Counselors

If you qualify for the Cancer Genetics program, depending on your cancer type, you’ll work with highly trained OU Health genetic counselors who review your family’s history, assess your risk for specific types of cancer and help you and your family understand the diagnosis, treatment and management of a genetic disorder.

In addition, you and your family get the comprehensive information, education and support you need to evaluate the emotional, psychological and medical implications of proceeding with any testing.

Comprehensive Cancer Genetics Services

During your first visit at OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center, you’ll meet one-on-one with our licensed genetic counselors to explore:

  • Genetic reasons for cancer development

  • Genetic testing options

  • Risks, benefits and limitations of genetic testing

  • Family planning based on test results

  • Referrals to psychological counseling services for assistance coping with related challenges

  • Options for reproductive planning based on testing

  • Recommendations for cancer screenings

Should I Consider Genetic Testing?

Genetic testing is not right for everyone. An initial visit with an OU Health cancer genetics specialist helps you and your family understand your best options and make an informed decision about next steps. You may qualify for genetic services if you or a close family member has had cancer:

  • Under the age of 50

  • In multiple family members

Your Supportive Care Team

Throughout your journey at OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center, you can depend on your Supportive Care team to walk with you every step of the way. You’ll work with professionals from many healthcare disciplines, including palliative care providers, psychologists, psychiatrists, genetic counselors, clinical social workers, case managers, oncology dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, cancer navigators, American Indian navigators and tobacco cessation counselors, as well as other helpful clinicians and support staff.

Request an Appointment

Request an appointment to visit with a cancer genetics specialist in cancer supportive care at OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center.

Call (405) 271-4385