Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program

The UCSF Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program is a comprehensive genetic counseling service for families with a history of cancer. It is the largest genetic testing center for cancer in Northern California.

Our genetic counselors provide information about hereditary cancers as well as an assessment of your personal and family history and, when appropriate, genetic testing for cancer predisposition. Counselors and doctors use the findings, along with other cancer risk factors, to design an individualized risk management program for you that includes recommendations for cancer screening and options for preventive measures.

For more information, please visit our FAQ about cancer genetic testing and prevention.

Virtual visits

  • Schedule a Telehealth Appointment

    Many appointments with the Cancer Genetics & Prevention Program can easily be handled by video. To see your provider online instead of in person, just request a video visit and make sure you have a MyChart account. It’s easy to set up and we’re here to help!

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    Patient education

    Taking Charge: If You Are at High Risk for Ovarian Cancer

    If you have an increased risk of ovarian cancer, your doctor may periodically order a blood test that has shown usefulness in finding epithelial ovarian cancer.

    FAQ: Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer

    Do you have a family history of cancer? Genetic counselors can help you understand your cancer risk and make recommendations for screening tests and preventive treatments.

    Decorative Caduceus

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    Safety and tolerability assessed by adverse events (AEs) and serious adverse events (SAEs)


    Decorative Caduceus

    Efficacy and Safety of Olaparib (MK-7339) in Participants With Previously Treated, Homologous R...

    ORR is defined as the percentage of participants who achieve a confirmed complete response ([CR]; disappearance of all target lesions) or partial response ([PR]: ≥30% decrease in the sum of diameters of target lesions) as assessed...


    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Best hospital in Northern California

    • Best in Northern California in cancer care

    • NIH-2x

      Designated comprehensive cancer center

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    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class

    This eight-week UCSF class teaches mindfulness practices, such as meditation and body awareness, that can reduce stress and improve your overall health.

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    Spiritual Care Services

    Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.

    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Health Insurance Card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of any vitamins or supplements
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    International Services

    If you live in another country and are coming to UCSF for medical
    treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    UCSF offers language services at no charge for patients with limited
    English, as well as for patients who are deaf or have trouble hearing.

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    Checking into the hospital? Find helpful information by clicking on the relevant “Your Hospital Stay” booklet: Mission Bay, Parnassus or Mount

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    Related clinics

    Genetics and Preventive Genomics Clinic

    2330 Post St., Suite 219
    San Francisco, CA 94115

    Hereditary Cancer Clinic

    Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

    1825 Fourth Street, Third Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94158

    UCSF-John Muir Health Cancer Center in Berkeley

    Berkeley Outpatient Center

    3100 San Pablo Ave., Suite 430
    Berkeley, CA 94702

    Our research initiatives

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      UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Research

      UCSF is home to a range of research initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for cancer patients everywhere. This includes research on topics such as immunotherapy, BRCA mutations and molecular diagnostic testing.

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