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Our team works with cancer patients and their families to provide the following services. 

Bonnie, a patient, and Carol Lustig discuss genetic testing.Cancer genetic counseling and testing: If you or someone in your family has a history of cancer, you may be eligible for genetic testing, but there are many factors to consider before and after getting tested. Our team will take you through the process, providing guidance every step of the way.  Learn more about genetic testing.

Assessment of cancer risk: Having a genetic mutation or a cancer history may change your risk of some types of cancer. We can talk with you about this to help you understand your own personal risk, and steps you can take that could help reduce your risk. Sometimes a genetic mutation cannot be identified with current DNA testing, so we can make assessments and recommendations based on your personal and family history of cancer. 

Personalized cancer screening plan: Whether or not you are found to have a genetic mutation, you may need to be screened at a different time from the general public if you or someone in your family has a history of cancer. Our team can take you through this and help you come up with a plan. 

Recommendations for risk-reducing measures: If you have a history of cancer and/or a genetic mutation in yourself or among your family, there are often steps you can take that could reduce your chances of cancer. These include healthy lifestyle actions, like eating fruits and vegetables and getting physical activity. Our team can explain what current research says for reducing your risk of cancer.  

Guidance for talking with your family: Talking about cancer is not easy and many different family dynamics may make it easier or more challenging. We can provide information and guidance to help you in this conversations. 

Lynch Syndrome Support Group: Those who have Lynch syndrome and their family members are invited to participate in a free virtual support group discussion. Each meeting includes an educational session from an expert speaker followed by group discussion. The group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. four times in 2021: January, April, July and October. Questions about this support group can be directed to Carol Lustig at Carol_Lustig@urmc.rochester.edu or (585) 486-0609.