Hereditary Cancer Clinic

The UCSF Hereditary Cancer Clinic offers patients and families with genetic mutations linked to hereditary cancers – such as mutations of the BRCA gene – personalized care and planning for their long-term health. Our services include:

  • Genetic counseling and testing for patients and families
  • Coordination of follow-up care, including cancer prevention and surveillance, with referrals to other specialty clinics at UCSF as needed

The clinic is part of the UCSF Center for BRCA Research. Our team of clinicians and investigators is dedicated to developing new treatments, improving patient outcomes and survival rates, and providing more personalized care to families who carry mutations linked to hereditary cancers.

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What to Expect

If you have never had genetic testing, the genetic counselor will review your family history and share information about hereditary cancer. Your counselor will discuss the potential benefits and limitations of genetic testing and help you consider these, along with your medical and personal factors. If you decide to have genetic testing, the counselor will arrange it for you.

We will collect a blood or saliva sample and send it to a specialized laboratory where it will be tested for the hereditary cancer mutation. In some cases, based on your personal and family medical history, the genetic counselor may recommend additional testing.

If you have previously had a genetic test showing a mutation, the genetic counselor will review any new questions you have, share recent advances relevant to your situation, and review current recommendations for cancer monitoring and prevention. This is also a good opportunity to consider whether you have relatives who have not been tested and might also benefit from testing.

Our knowledge of and recommendations for hereditary cancer are changing quickly as the research evolves. We invite all our patients to enroll in a long-term follow-up protocol that will allow us to use your information anonymously in research on hereditary cancer. Through this protocol, we will periodically send you updates about advances in hereditary cancer and also request occasional updates from you about your family. Your genetic counselor can tell you more about this and other research opportunities during your appointment.

Before Your Appointment

Please send us a copy of any original genetic test reports for you or your family members. If you have difficulty getting the original report, our assistant can help you.

We will email you a link to a family history questionnaire, or if you prefer, we can mail you a paper copy. Please complete the questionnaire before your appointment.

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