Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, like colon or stomach cancer, may be caused in part by certain genes inherited from your parents. Using genetic testing and counseling, we can identify if you have these genes then help you understand your unique risks for GI cancer and what to do next.
Genetic counseling can help you prevent GI cancer, find more effective treatments, or even uncover a risk your parents, siblings, or children may share. You may want to consider genetic counseling if you have a personal or family history of GI cancer or GI polyps.
Your genetic information is kept private from your health insurance provider under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008.
Why Choose Us for GI Cancer Genetic Counseling
- Affordable: Our genetic testing and counseling services are usually completely covered by insurance or have a small maximum out of pocket cost.
- Convenient testing: You can choose to receive a test at our clinic or in the comfort of your home. An at-home test is sent to you with a prepaid shipping label, so all you have to do is collect a saliva sample and send it back.
- First in the region: Our clinic is the first of its type in the region and one of only a handful in California able to offer genetic services for GI cancers. We join a small but growing number of cancer centers nationwide following standards set by the Collaborative Group of the Americas Inherited Gastrointestinal Cancer.
- Coordinated care: We guide your approach to prevention or treatment so you have less to worry about. We’ll communicate with your other providers, identify medicines that target specific cancer genes, and help you get the right follow-up care.
- Support resources: We help you find the right resources, such as support groups, for your unique needs. We also have connections to larger patient advocacy groups for specific cancers, including Fight Colorectal Cancer and the Jacqueline Rush Foundation.
Conditions We Evaluate and Treat
- Lynch syndrome or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC)
- Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
- MUTYH-Associated polyposis (MAP)
- Peutz-Jeghers syndrome
- Juvenile polyposis syndrome
- Cowden syndrome/PTEN hamartoma syndrome
- Serrated polyposis syndrome
- Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer
- Familial pancreatic cancer
- Other GI cancer genetic syndromes
Services We Offer
- Genetic testing and genetic counseling, where we identify if you have any genes known to contribute to GI cancer and help you with prevention or treatment.
- Cancer surveillance and prevention programs, which help you monitor your health through regular testing, potentially preventing cancers (using procedures or medications) or detecting them as early as possible.
- Diagnostic procedures to help detect cancers, including upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, balloon enteroscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and MRI.
- Hereditary GI tumor registry, which helps improve detection, prevention, and treatment of your cancer by making non-personal information about your case available for research efforts.