The Cancer Genetics Telemedicine Program at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport offers cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling to help determine if your personal or family cancer history is due to an inherited susceptibility.
By connecting patients directly to UPMC specialists in Pittsburgh, we are able to provide education, cancer risk assessments, and research opportunities for people concerned about their risk for cancer. Genetics professionals work closely with specialists at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center to ensure you receive individualized and comprehensive care.
People who are concerned about their personal or family cancer history may benefit from genetic counseling. The program helps you and your physicians make informed decisions about your health care based on risk assessment and, in some cases, genetic test results.
Any person concerned about his or her family or personal history of cancer can find value in having cancer risk assessment. Below are some reasons for which cancer risk consults should be considered:
Having a genetic consult may help address worry about cancer risk and provide a better understanding of risk and measures that can be taken.
Based on the risk assessment and the counseling session, screening guidelines will be reviewed, and genetic testing may be offered.
Your insurance may cover your genetic counseling and subsequent screening and testing. Insurance companies typically determine coverage on a case-by-case basis.
Your genetics team will use this information to develop a family tree, which will be used to assess your cancer risks.
At your appointment at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport on the campus of UPMC Williamsport Divine Providence Campus, you will meet in person with our clinic nurse and have a video conference with a medical geneticists Phuong L. Mai, MD. Together, they will provide cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling/testing based on personal and family cancer histories.
Your team will discuss:
Your genetics team will provide information about services and specialists, which may include:
Provider referral and patient self-referrals are accepted. To make an appointment with one of our cancer genetics physicians, or for more information, call 1-800-454-8156. (All breast cancer assessments can be referred to the Breast Health Center at UPMC Williamsport Divine Providence Campus, 570-326-8200.)