Leading the Way in the Region
St. Elizabeth is the first and only center in the region to offer universal genetic testing to all patients diagnosed with breast cancer. In the past, genetic testing was reserved for a small subset of cancer patients. However, recent studies are suggesting that this approach may be missing a significant number of people with a risk of cancer that is “running in the family.” In line with our mission for health and prevention in Northern Kentucky, we now offer this test to all women with a diagnosis who wish to address this concern. In addition to breast cancer, universal genetic testing is also offered to all patients with pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, and advanced prostate cancer.
In another effort to provide cutting edge care to our patients, St. Elizabeth also now offers genetic testing for metabolic response to certain chemotherapy drugs. This type of testing, called Pharmacogenomic Screening, will be discussed with you by your oncologist if you are an appropriate candidate for testing. Click here to learn more.
How Genetic Testing Can Help
Genetic testing results provide important information and can:
- Guide your cancer care team in planning your treatment (if you’ve already been diagnosed with cancer).
- Help your care team manage your increased cancer risks through screening and prevention education.
- Provide information for your family members
Personalized Genetic Counseling
Genetic counseling can help you understand hereditary cancer and the benefits and limitations of genetic testing. Our specially trained genetic counselors help you make informed decisions about genetic testing, cancer treatment and screening plans. We offer support and resources to help you handle the emotional impact that genetic testing results may have on you and your family.
Your “Home” for Cancer Prevention
Now what? Learning you have an increased lifetime risk of cancer, or an increased risk of second cancer, can be overwhelming. Cancer prevention recommendations may fall outside the scope of “routine” care, and they are ever-changing with new discoveries in the fields of genetics and cancer. For this reason, St. Elizabeth recently opened a Cancer Prevention Clinic, staffed by oncology and genetic specialists. We help develop your cancer prevention plan and work with you and your care providers to ensure that you are receiving the right care at the right time, year after year.