Genetic Testing & Counseling
Genes can predict whether a patient will get certain types of cancer. To more effectively treat cancer patients, NMMC Cancer Care offers a genetic services consultant for:
- Patients who have been diagnosed with a genetically-linked cancer (especially breast or colon cancer). The results of the testing may help doctors and patients decide what type of treatment to provide.
- Family members of breast or colon cancer patients when there is a strong trend of genetically-linked cancers in the family. If a family member is found to be at an increased risk for cancer, more aggressive screening and prevention options are available.
A referral is required. Qualifying patients will meet with the consultant to review family medical history, discuss the role of genetics in cancer and perform a risk assessment. If the assessment determines the patient is a candidate for testing, a simple blood or saliva test will be performed.
At NMMC Cancer Care, these services are provided by Angie Taylor, FNP-BC, a board-certified nurse practitioner who has been working in oncology for more than 10 years. She is certified in genetics through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
These services are covered by many insurances, but check with your insurance company to be sure. For more information on genetic services at NMMC, call (662) 377-7022.