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Programs and Services

Genetic Counseling and Testing

Genetic counseling for common hereditary cancers is now being offered at Upper Chesapeake Health through a partnership with the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.

The discovery of several genes during the past decade allows for clinical testing for genetic susceptibility to cancer. The most common hereditary cancers we test for include breast, ovarian, colorectal, pancreatic and/or uterine. Based upon a thorough review of a person's personal and family histories, genetic testing can be ordered at the time of the genetic counseling consultation if indicated. This testing is completed on a blood sample and can determine if a person is at increased risk to develop cancer. Genetic testing is a personal decision. You may want to consider genetic testing if you have:

  • Multiple relatives with breast, ovarian, colorectal, pancreatic and/or uterine cancer
  • Family members with cancer diagnosed at an early age (generally before the age of 50)
  • A relative with a gene mutation identified by genetic testing
  • Family history of rare cancers like male breast cancer
  • A history of breast or ovarian cancer with an Eastern European Jewish (Ashkenazi) ancestry

Certified Genetic Counselor

The University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center supports our program with certified genetic counselors who have extensive experience with genetic counseling. They have specialized training in this field which allows them to assist individuals and their families with the decision regarding testing and how to manage the results. As part of the counseling process, the genetic counselor provides:

  • Medical information about the genetic condition
  • An individual cancer risk assessment
  • Information about risk of recurrence
  • Available options and help with making decisions
  • Emotional and psychological support

Certified genetic counselors will be available in person or by video teleconference at the Upper Chesapeake Cancer LifeNet suite on the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center campus in Bel Air.

To schedule an appointment, please visit our Contact Us page. You don't have to face cancer alone. Call the Cancer LifeNet Helpline at 1-866-393-4355 for support.