Genetic counseling at Huntsman Cancer Institute functions in both clinical and research realms.
The Genetic Counseling Shared Resource facilitates clinical, behavioral, and basic science research involving cancer genetics and inherited susceptibility. Their work integrates basic science discoveries (gene discovery) with population research (high-risk syndrome characterization) and clinical trials (genetic testing for diagnosis of potential subjects) to further Huntsman Cancer Institute's (HCI) individualized oncology goals.
In the Family Cancer Assessment Clinic, genetic counselors and physicians provide personalized cancer risk assessment and tailored recommendations for cancer screening and prevention. For some patients and families, genetic testing may be offered to more accurately clarify the cause of the cancer risk in families. Patients are also informed of research studies that they may be eligible to participate in.