UnityPoint Health - John Stoddard Cancer Center

Genetic Testing

John Stoddard Cancer Center's Genetics Clinic offers genetic counseling for individuals that would like to discuss their personal and/or family history of cancer. Genetic counseling provides a personal comprehensive cancer risk assessment that is designed for individuals who may be at an increased risk of cancer due to a medical or genetic condition, or those that have multiple occurrences of cancer in their family. The assessment includes evaluation of personal and family health history. Cancer risk assessment may be appropriate for those with a personal or family history of breast, ovarian, colorectal, prostate, and endometrial cancer as well as some other less common cancer types.

Based on the cancer risk assessment, genetic testing may be recommended and an appropriate risk reduction plan can be developed by trained genetic professionals and physician(s), which may include careful monitoring or periodic screening tests, changes in diet, exercise or other lifestyle factors, and the use of cancer prevention agents.

Genetic testing is not for everyone, as there are many issues that require careful consideration. By meeting with a genetic professional you can make a more informed decision about whether genetic testing is appropriate for you and/or your family.

John Stoddard Cancer Center offers a Genetic Counseling Program if you'd like to discuss your personal and/or family history of cancer.  This is done to determine your risk of having a genetic alteration and can help you decide if genetic testing is right for you. The genetic counseling session is free. If genetic testing is recommended, most insurance companies cover the cost, though physician referral and order is required.