Comprehensive Program Predicts Risk of Hereditary Cancer

As many as 5 percent to 10 percent of all cancers may be linked to an inherited risk, and approximately 30 percent of cases occur in families with close relatives who have experienced similar cancers.

UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center offers a risk assessment program that can help determine the likelihood of a person developing cancer. It’s an ideal resource for your patients who may have a family istory of cancer.

When you refer a patient, they’ll receive a personalized cancer screening exam and written risk assessment, based on a computer model first developed at UT Southwestern and now used by more than 4,000 cancer centers worldwide. Genetic counselors review the information, interpret it, and then discuss options with the patient based on their risk profile.

“Our genetic risk assessment service is the only research-based clinical program puts experts close at hand in North Texas to offer testing and genetic counseling for all identified types of cancer, including pediatric cancers,” says David Euhus, M.D., Co-Director of the Mary L. Brown Breast Cancer Genetics and Risk Assessment Program at UT Southwestern.

Patients can see a genetic counselor in person on UT Southwestern’s campus in Dallas, at Moncrief Cancer Institute in Fort Worth, or at one of 12 satellite clinics. In addition, a new, state-of-the-art system being deployed over the next two years will enable patients in 17 Texas counties to connect with UT Southwestern genetic counselors via a fast, secure, online video connection.

The evaluation takes about an hour. For patients with a strong family history of certain cancers, the evaluation is typically covered by health insurance.