Genetic Counseling

Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Evaluation Program

Community Medical Center Expands Cancer Center With New Cancer Risk Evaluation Program

Are you at increased risk for breast & ovarian cancer? Is there a gene putting your family at higher risk of cancer?

A family history or genetic factors can increase an individual's risk for cancer.

The Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at Community Medical Center is specifically designed for individuals who want information about their personal risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

Should I consider the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, then this program may be helpful to you:

  • Have you or a close relative been diagnosed with breast cancer at age 50 or younger?
  • Have you or a close relative been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, bilateral breast cancer, or male breast cancer at any age?
  • Have you been diagnosed with "triple negative" breast cancer at any age?
  • Do you have 3 or more cases of breast and/or ovarian cancer on the same side of your family?
  • Do you have Jewish ancestry and a personal or family history of breast or ovarian cancer at any age?
  • Does anyone in your family have a mutation in a cancer susceptibility gene (for example, BRCA1 or BRCA2)?

How our team can help you.

Our multidisciplinary team is available to:

  • Talk with you about your personal concerns.
  • Review your family history, medical history and lifestyle risk factors.
  • Help you understand cancer risk factors.
  • Discuss genetic testing and assist in your decision about this option.
  • Outline a plan for continued monitoring to protect your health.
  • Help you make informed medical decisions based on your personal risk assessment to reduce your risk of developing cancer.
  • Evaluate your eligibility to participate in research studies.
  • Provide a written summary of your consultation and test results.

Meet our Genetic Counselor

Michelle LyonsMichelle Lyons, MS, LGC is a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor specializing in helping individuals and families at risk for hereditary cancers.

She will work closely with you during each step of the process providing education, support, and valuable resources. We will perform a personalized risk analysis, which may include genetic testing, and help identify other relatives who may also benefit from a risk evaluation.

What you can expect

Before your first appointment:

  • You will receive family and personal history questionnaires.
  • These forms help us provide an accurate risk assessment and tailor your appointments to your personal situation.

At your first appointment, you will:

  • Meet with a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor who will review your information.
  • Learn about cancer risk factors including how genes and family history can affect your level of risk.
  • Discuss options for genetic testing. If you decide on genetic testing, a blood sample is usually drawn at this visit.

At your second appointment, you will:

  • Meet with the genetic counselor as well as a physician with special training in cancer genetics.
  • Review your risk assessment and genetic test results (when applicable).
  • Discuss a plan to carefully monitor your health based on your level of risk. You may be referred to other specialists based on your situation.
  • Be offered an optional breast exam
  • Have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have

Will my insurance cover genetic counseling & testing?

Many insurance companies cover the cost of genetic counseling and genetic testing when medically indicated. Pre-authorization may be required for some managed care plans. It is always best to check with your insurance carrier first.

For information call the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at Community Medical Center 732-557-2154.