Theodora Ross, M.D., Ph.D., helps people understand what their genes might be telling them about their risk for cancer. She directs UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Cancer Genetics Program, which sees more than 2,000 patients every year. The physicians and genetic counselors in the Cancer Genetics Clinic help patients assess their risk for many types of cancer, including kidney, skin, lung, breast, ovarian, colon, endocrine and prostate cancers.
People who have a family history of cancer come to the Cancer Genetics Clinic to work with Dr. Ross and a genetic counselor. If a known genetic predisposition to cancer is found, Dr. Ross and her team counsel the patient about the best ways to prevent cancer from ever forming.