Cancer Genetics Program

Lifespan Cancer Institute

Cancer Genetics Program

The Cancer Genetics Program provides counseling and testing for people who may be at risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome. Approximately 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are due to inherited, or genetic, factors. These include breast, colorectal, gynecologic, kidney, pancreatic, pediatric, and prostate cancers. 

Some families share a common change, or mutation, in a gene that may increase the risk of developing particular cancers. These mutations are inherited, passed from generation to generation. The types of cancers can vary even within the same family. The program helps at-risk individuals make informed decisions in accordance with their health care needs, preferences, and values.

Contact the Cancer Genetics Program

For an initial genetic evaluation, please call us at 401-444-8361.

Fax for referrals: 401-444-3288

Why is genetic testing important for cancer?

If someone has inherited an increased risk for cancer, there are many options available for early detection or cancer risk reduction. Determining if you are at risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome can provide information that can help with planning regarding:

  • Cancer screening and surveillance options
  • Medical management decisions
  • Diagnostic and treatment options
  • Identification of at-risk family members

If you are found to have a definite high risk for cancer due to a confirmed hereditary cancer syndrome, you will be referred to our high-risk hereditary cancer syndrome clinic.

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Evaluation and Counseling

Genetics evaluation and counseling with a genetics professional involves an analysis of an individual’s personal and family history to determine the risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome.

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Genetic Testing

Genetic testing involves collection of a sample of body fluid, which is then tested to look for variants in genes that are linked to a heightened risk of cancer.

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Cancer Research and Clinical Trials

Learn more about the innovative cancer research and treatments at the Lifespan Cancer Institute.

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Cancer Genetics Program Locations