Genetic Counseling

Alexandra Lucy, MS GC
1090 Amsterdam Ave,
10th Floor,
New York, NY 10026

For appointments: 212-523-5222

Genetics Program

What is the Cancer Genetics Program?

A family history of cancer has long been known as a strong risk factor for the development of cancer. This has been confirmed by recent discoveries of genes that can significantly increase an individual's risk to develop cancer.

Individuals are often confused about their genetic risks. They want to know if they are at increased risk, what steps they can take to reduce those risks, and whether they are candidates for genetic testing.

The Cancer Genetics Program was created to answer these questions. We provide comprehensive cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, personalized cancer screening recommendations and, if appropriate, genetic testing.

What is genetic counseling?

Genetic counselors are healthcare professionals with specialized graduate degrees and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counseling. Cancer genetic counseling involves a discussion of your personal and/or family history of cancer.

What is discussed during a genetic counseling appointment?

Your initial two-hour meeting with a genetic counselor will focus on any questions and concerns you have about your and your family's risk of cancer, what steps may be taken to reduce your risk of cancer and if any genetic testing may be appropriate to determine if you have a change in a cancer susceptibility gene.

To provide you with the most comprehensive information regarding your cancer risk assessment and available genetic testing, the genetic counselor will be asking about your personal and family history.

It is important to gather information about your family prior to the meeting so that during the consultation the genetic counselor can give you an accurate risk assessment based on your personal and family history. We will be asking you about your parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and if possible your parents' aunts and uncles. It is important to obtain information about both your maternal and paternal relatives. We will be asking:

For living relatives: a) How old are they?
For deceased relatives: a) How old were they when they died and the cause of death?
For any relative with a cancer diagnosis: a) What is the type of cancer? b) What was their age at diagnosis? c) How are they related to you?

We realize it may be difficult to obtain all of this information; gather as much as you can. Please come to the meeting regardless of the detail of knowledge of your family history. The counselor can work with you and any information you have and you will still benefit from the meeting.

Does genetic counseling require genetic testing?

No. Genetic testing may not be useful for everyone receiving genetic counseling. The decision to pursue testing is a personal one and entirely up to you. During the session the risks, benefits and limitations of genetic testing will be discussed to help you make that decision. For individuals who wish to proceed with genetic testing a small blood sample will be required.

Who will benefit from the Cancer Genetics Program?

The Cancer Genetic Program is appropriate for men and women who are concerned about their risk to develop cancer, regardless of family history. The program is especially important for individuals with a personal and/or family history of:

A cancer diagnosis at an early age, especially breast, ovarian, colon, or uterine diagnosed under age 50
Several relatives with cancer
More than one cancer diagnosis
A rare or unusual cancer diagnosis
Breast and/or ovarian cancer at any age and are of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry

To make an appointment, please contact us at:

Cancer Genetic Program
Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital
1090 Amsterdam Ave,
10th Floor,
New York, NY 10026
Tel: 212-523-5222
Fax: 212-523-2814
Cancer Genetic Program
Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital
425 West 59th Street, Suite 7A
New York, NY 10019
Tel: 212-523-7092
Fax: 212-523-7012
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Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital Location
(212) 523-7500

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital Location
(212) 523-4799
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