Cancer-Related Genetic Counseling

Women's Genetic Counseling at the Women's Medicine Collaborative offers comprehensive evaluation for individuals and family members at risk of hereditary cancer syndromes.

A genetics evaluation can help an individual determine whether she has inherited an increased risk for cancer. Approximately 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are hereditary.

Women should consider a genetics evaluation if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Personal history of cancer, such as breast or colon cancer, under the age of 50
  • Two or more first-degree relatives on the same side of the family who have been diagnosed with cancer
  • More than one primary cancer (such as two primary breast cancers, or primary colon cancer and primary stomach cancer)
  • More than one type of cancer
  • A rare type of cancer
  • Triple negative breast cancer before age 60
  • A known genetic mutation in a cancer susceptibility gene in the family
  • Ashkenazi Jewish descent (Eastern European Jewish)

Led by Chanika Phornphutkul, MD, our team of genetic specialists provide a comprehensive genetics evaluation, which includes:

  • Providing a risk assessment based on personal and family history
  • Discussing genetic testing options
  • Review of cancer screening and management options
  • Counseling on hereditary cancer syndromes

Pregnancy-Related Genetic Counseling

Our prenatal genetic counselor, William Campbell, MS, CGC offers genetic counseling to pregnant patients as well as couples looking to start a family. 

Genetic counseling helps you understand if your pregnancy is at risk for genetic syndromes, chromosome abnormalities, intellectual disability, or birth defects and discusses additional testing options for gathering more information. The knowledge gained through counseling empowers you and your partner to make the best decisions for your current or future pregnancy.

A genetic counselor can also help individuals or couples without any identified risks to understand routine prenatal screening and testing options. 

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Women's Genetic Counseling Team

Director, Division of Genetics

Chanika Phornphutkul, MD, is the director of human genetics at Rhode Island and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and is an associate professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She provides genetic risk assessment as well as counseling for patients with a family history of genetic disorders. She is board certified in pediatric endocrinology and biochemical genetics.

Dr. Phornphutkul received her medical degree from the Chiang Mai University School of Medicine in Thailand, and completed her residency at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. She completed a fellowship at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Her clinical and research interests focus on biochemical genetics (metabolic disorders), the application of genomic information in clinical medicine and newborn screening.

View the Brown University biography page for Chanika Phornphutkul, MD

Cindy Benson, MS
William Campbell, MA, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor

William Campbell, MA, MS, CGC is a genetic counselor at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Center at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. Campbell provides genetic risk assessment as well as counseling for patients and their partners.

Campbell received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has a master of arts in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and he received his master of science in genetic counseling from California State, Stanislaus.

He has practiced in all the major areas of clinical genetics, including cancer, cardiovascular, pediatric, neurological, and prenatal genetics. Campbell is certified in perinatal bereavement. He has enduring interest in the ethical issues surrounding genetic counseling and the careful integration of exome sequencing into prenatal genetics. He currently sits on the National Society of Genetic Counselors practice guideline committee and ethics advisory board.

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Women's Genetic Counseling
146 West River Street
Providence, RI 02904
3rd Floor Suite 11-D
146 West River Street
Providence, RI 02904