Uncover Your Genetic Roots
Get genetically tested to understand your risk of inherited cancer.
Genetic Testing for Cancer
Your family tree may reveal more than your forgotten ancestors. Through gene identification and testing, your family history can help guide decisions about your health.
How genetic testing can help
If you have a strong family history of cancer, genetic testing can help you:
- Make decisions about treating and managing cancer
- Understand your and your family members’ risks for cancer
- Prevent cancer with appropriate screening and prevention methods
Our genetic experts provide genetic testing services, including:
- Assessing your risk for certain types of cancer based on your personal and family medical histories
- Helping you understand your treatment options for a current cancer diagnosis
Eligibility for genetic testing
A review of your personal and family medical history can help determine whether there may be an inherited cancer in your family. Families with inherited cancer syndromes often have the following features:
- Ashkenazi Jewish (Eastern or Central European) ancestry
- Cancer in both of a pair of organs, such as both breasts or kidneys
- Cancer that occurs at an earlier age than the general population
- More than one type of cancer in a person
- Multiple polyps in the stomach or intestine
- Rare cancers or cancers in the less commonly affected sex (e.g., male breast cancer)
- Two or more close family members with the same or related forms of cancer (e.g., breast and ovarian, colon and uterine)
If you have concerns about developing cancer because of your family history, talk to your provider. A referral for genetic testing can help clarify if your family history puts you at risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome.
What to expect
If your family does have an increased risk for cancer and you’re referred to a genetics expert, the specialist may offer genetic testing to help clarify the potential causes. To help you decide whether to be tested, you’ll discuss:
- What genetic testing involves
- Who among your family members may want to be tested and why
- Ethical and legal concerns with genetic testing
If you’re having genetic testing, we can provide more detailed recommendations after your results come back.
Prepare for your appointment
To schedule a consultation, you must have a referral from your primary care provider.
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Our genetic specialists
Genetic experts are health care professionals with specialized training in genetic testing.
Laurie Bettridge, RN, BSN, OCN - Burien
Laurie Bettridge is a registered nurse with additional certification in oncology nursing and chemotherapy/biotherapy.
Nancy Lorber, ARNP - Bremerton
Nancy Lorber is an advanced nurse practitioner and nurse navigator with training in genetic testing.
The Franciscan Clinical Cancer Genetics program is a consultative service designed to evaluate individuals and families affected by cancer to determine if their cancer may be inherited. Appointments are made by referral only. Individuals interested in genetic testing should talk with their health care provider about a referral.
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