Mariann and Robert MacDonald Women's Cancer Risk Evaluation Center

Cancer Genetics and Risk Assessment

The Mariann and Robert MacDonald Women's Cancer Risk Evaluation Center provides genetic counseling to help women and men identify their genetic risk of breast and ovarian cancer, as well as other cancers. The center assists patients with cancer as well as those who may be at an increased risk for cancer.

To schedule an appointment or for more information call 800-789-PENN (7366) or contact our new patient coordinator at 215-349-9093.

The Center is designed to:

  • Help men and women understand their genetic risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and other cancers
  • Obtain and assess detailed family history information for a possible inherited cancer condition
  • Provide expert genetic counseling and the option of genetic testing
  • Arrange genetic testing and provide consultation regarding results
  • Provide tailored medical recommendations
  • Review outside genetic testing results and make recommendations for follow-up
  • Coordinate screening and long term follow-up care for those with a known inherited genetic risk for cancer
  • Review medical history and lifestyle risk factors
  • Provide a written summary of a genetic consultation
  • Evaluate eligibility for participation in research studies

The Mariann and Robert MacDonald Women's Cancer Risk Evaluation Center also provides information for those who have been diagnosed with cancer and are interested in learning about the role of genetics in their disease. The center also holds education and support programs periodically throughout the year for men and women at high risk for developing cancer.

Learn more about genetic testing for cancer with these frequently asked questions about genetic testing for cancer.

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