Breast Cancer

Genetic Counseling and Testing

Patients with a family history of breast cancer or other diseases that may increase their risk of breast cancer may wish to consider genetic counseling and testing as part of their risk assessment. John Theurer Cancer Center, part of Hackensack University Medical Center, offers genetic counseling for patients and families as well as genetic testing for those who desire it.

High-Risk Breast Cancer Program


If your personal history or family medical history suggests you may have an elevated risk of breast cancer, our specialists in the high-risk program at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey offer risk assessment and genetic testing for genes (such as BRCA1 and BRCA2) and other factors that may increase breast cancer risk.

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How a Genetic Counselor Can Help

How will you feel if you have genetic testing and you learn you are genetically predisposed to breast cancer? If you have children, what does it mean for them? These are important issues that are best discussed with a genetic counselor in a supportive clinical setting. A genetic counselor can help you understand whether genetic testing might be beneficial for you (based on your personal and family medical history), what the testing entails, and the implications of the different possible findings. The decision to undergo genetic testing is highly personal and completely voluntary.

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