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Empowering you to live a healthier life

Certain types of cancer seem to run in families, this can be known as a hereditary cancer.  Genetic counseling at WellSpan Cancer Centers can help you and your family understand if you have an increased risk of certain inheritable cancers. This information can help you be aware of risk factors, stay aware of cancer detection options, and take measures to help reduce your risks of developing these cancers. WellSpan genetic counselors work closely with you to deliver a customized assessment and create a plan of action, if needed.

When you choose WellSpan for your genetic counseling, you are choosing a partner who will guide, educate, coordinate and provide individualized care each step of the way. We also offer genetic counseling services via telemedicine (secure video conferencing) at many of our cancer centers across central PA for your increased convenience.


Conditions Treated

WellSpan offers cancer risk counseling and testing services for many cancers, including:


How We Can Help

WellSpan genetic counselors offer comprehensive services for understanding your hereditary cancer risk, such as:

  • Discuss and explain your personalized cancer screening and prevention options
  • Collect detailed family history information
  • Identify which family member can give us the most information from genetic testing
  • Identify who can benefit from testing, including your children, siblings and/or cousins
  • Determine the most appropriate genetic test(s) for you and your family
  • Interpret complex genetic test results, so you understand what they mean for you
  • Help you and your healthcare team understand and apply genetic test results to your medical care decisions, now and for the future
  • Connect you to supportive, informative and research-related resources

 

Who should consider hereditary cancer testing?

You may want to consider undergoing a genetic evaluation for cancer if you have been diagnosed with certain cancers – such as breast or colon – at a young age, or have a significant family history of cancer. A significant family history may include:

  • Relatives diagnosed with cancer before they reached the age of 50
  • Multiple family members with the same or related cancers (such as breast and/or ovarian)
  • Family member(s) with a rare cancer, such as male breast cancer

Our genetic counselors are able to meet with you in person or via secure video conferencing. This telemedicine service is available from our genetic counselors at WellSpan Center Centers in Ephrata, Gettysburg and Lebanon.  Sometimes, genetic testing results can impact treatment and, using telemedicine, our genetic counselors can meet with you more quickly than if you had to schedule an appointment to come into one of our centers.


Locations

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WellSpan York Cancer Center

Distance: 2.8 mi.
25 Monument Rd.
York, PA 17403
(717) 741-8100

WellSpan York Cancer Center

WellSpan Adams Cancer Center

Distance: 25.5 mi.
40 V-Twin Dr.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 339-2640

WellSpan Adams Cancer Center

WellSpan Sechler Family Cancer Center

Distance: 29.5 mi.
844 Tuck St.
Lebanon, PA 17042
(717) 270-2238

WellSpan Sechler Family Cancer Center

WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center

Distance: 33.5 mi.
460 N. Reading Rd.
Ephrata, PA 17522
(717) 721-4840

WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center