Akron General is proud to partner with the Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare at Cleveland Clinic to provide genetic counseling to individuals with a personal and/or family history of cancer. Majority of cancers occur by chance, or are sporadic. However, some cancers are caused by an inherited gene mutation, or are hereditary. Identifying a hereditary predisposition to cancer allows individuals and families to personalize cancer screening guidelines, medical management and treatment options.
Who Should Have a Cancer Genetics Evaluation?
If you have a personal and/or family history of the following, you should consider making an appointment:
- Cancer diagnosed at an early age (i.e., breast or colon cancer diagnosed before 50)
- Ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer at any age
- Several generations of family members affected by cancer
- Multiple primary cancers in one individual (i.e. breast and ovarian cancer or breast cancer in both breasts)
- Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish ancestry and breast cancer, ovarian or pancreatic cancer
- Identified genetic mutation in the family (i.e. relatives of a known BRCA1/2 gene mutation carrier)
- Colon polyps (10 or more)
- Rare tumors (i.e., male breast cancer, paraganglioma, medullary thyroid cancer)
Scheduling an Appointment
To schedule an appointment, please call 330.344.2771. You will need to obtain a physician referral prior to requesting an appointment. Referrals can be faxed to 330.344.0071.