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Cancer Risk Program

The Cancer Risk Program is a comprehensive genetic counseling service for families with a history of cancer. It is the largest, most comprehensive genetic testing center for cancer in Northern California.

Genetic counselors assess personal and family history, provide education and counseling and, when appropriate, offer genetic testing for cancer predisposition genes. Based on family history, other cancer risk factors and genetic testing results, counselors and doctors provide an individualized risk management program for each patient, which includes recommendations for cancer screening and options for preventive measures.

The service includes a Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program.

For more information on the program, please see FAQ: Cancer Risk Program.

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Our Services

  • In-depth cancer risk assessment based on personal and family history
  • Education about genetics of cancer for patients and their families
  • Genetic testing, when appropriate and desired
  • Development of a personalized cancer screening and prevention plan, including discussion of lifestyle changes, in collaboration with the patient's referring physician
  • Psychological support
  • Information about and access to clinical trials for cancer detection and prevention
  • Education classes that provide easy-to-understand information about inherited cancer predisposition, risks of developing breast, ovarian, colorectal and other cancers, as well as available prevention and early detection procedures
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Depending on your health insurance, you may need a referral from a primary care doctor.

Getting Here

Cancer Risk Program
1600 Divisadero St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-1714
Phone: (415) 885-7779
Fax: (415) 885-3787

Hours: Monday to Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What to Bring

    • Any previous test results or reports related to your condition
    • List of current medications, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements

Access Your Health Information Online

This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.

Learn more about UCSF MyChart

Research and Clinical Trials

Required Forms

If you have an appointment for genetic counseling, please complete and return the following forms prior to your appointment:

  • Family and medical history questionnaire — Personal and family medical history provides important information for cancer risk assessment. Note: Please print the questionnaire in a horizontal or "landscape" format.
  • Medical record release form — Reviewing the medical records of individuals diagnosed with cancer is an important part of cancer risk assessment. Please have medical record release forms completed and signed by you and other members of your family diagnosed with cancer or their next-of-kin.
  • Insurance verification form — If this is your first time being seen at UCSF Medical Center, please complete an insurance verification form and provide a copy of both sides of your insurance card.

Parking

Parking at Mount Zion

Public parking is available in two parking garages near our Mount Zion campus. One is at 1635 Divisadero St. and the other at 2420 Sutter St. Entrances to both garages are on Sutter Street, between Divisadero and Broderick streets.

The 1635 Divisadero St. garage is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends and major holidays. The rate is $2 each 20 minutes with a $28 daily maximum.

For more information about parking in the 1635 Divisadero St. garage, call (415) 441-5408 or visit www.1635divisaderogarage.com.

The 2420 Sutter St. garage is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends and UCSF holidays. The rate is $6 an hour with a $30 daily maximum. Those with a valid disabled placard receive a daily maximum rate of $12.

For more information about parking in the 2420 Sutter St. garage, call (415) 514-8935.

Other public parking garages are available nearby.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Public Transportation

Mount Zion

UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • No. 2*
  • No. 38*
  • No. 4
  • No. 24

The No. 1 California bus route stops at the corner of California and Divisadero streets, which is three blocks north of Mount Zion.

For more information about Muni, visit www.sfmuni.com.

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

UCSF Shuttles

Free UCSF shuttles travel between the Parnassus and Mount Zion campuses as well as other UCSF locations.

For more information about UCSF transportation, please call (415) 476-1511.

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Clinic Team

Amie Blanco
Amie Blanco,
genetic counselor
Lee-may Chen
Dr. Lee-may Chen,
gynecologic cancer surgeon
Beth Crawford
Beth Crawford,
genetic counselor
Laura Esserman
Dr. Laura Esserman,
breast cancer surgeon
Cheryl Ewing
Dr. Cheryl Ewing,
breast cancer surgeon
Robin Lee
Robin Lee,
genetic counselor
Kate Loranger
Kate Loranger,
genetic counselor
Julie Mak
Julie Mak,
genetic counselor
Michelle Melisko
Dr. Michelle Melisko,
breast cancer specialist
Megan Myers
Megan Myers,
genetic counselor
Robert Nussbaum
Dr. Robert Nussbaum,
medical geneticist
Hope Rugo
Dr. Hope Rugo,
breast cancer specialist
Lauren Ryan
Lauren Ryan,
genetic counselor
Nicola Stewart
Nicola Stewart,
genetic counselor
Jonathan Terdiman
Dr. Jonathan Terdiman,
gastroenterologist
Jeffrey Tice
Dr. Jeffrey Tice,
internist

Patient Experiences

Cancer Center Orientation