Appointments and Referrals

Referral indications to Clinical Cancer Genetics Services include patients with the following risk factors:

  • Cancer that occurs at an earlier age than in the general population
  • Two or more different cancers in the same person
  • Two or more close family members who have had the same type of cancer

    For example: Mother and sister with breast cancer, or father and daughter with colorectal cancer

  • Same type of cancer in several generations of the family
  • Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry (Eastern or Central European) with breast or colorectal cancer
  • Polyposis (multiple polyps in the stomach or intestines)
  • Rare cancers such as sarcoma or male breast cancer
  • Concerns about developing cancer because of family history

New Patients

We are happy to see new patients. Patients may contact us directly to schedule a genetic consultation. If you have relevant test results, it would be helpful to fax ahead of the appointment or bring to the consultation.

Established Patients

Current patients of MD Anderson Cancer Center may request their physician refer them to Clinical Cancer Genetics.

To schedule a consultation, call 713-792-6161 or 800-392-1611.

Elements of the Cancer Risk Assessment

A consultation with Clinical Cancer Genetics generally will include the following:

Medical and Family History Review 

The genetic counselor will obtain information about the patient’s personal medical history, as well as a cancer-focused family tree including many generations.

Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment 

The genetic counselor will assess the likelihood of hereditary cancer predisposition in the family, and will discuss this assessment with the patient. When medically indicated, this will include a discussion of any relevant genetic testing.

Discussion Regarding Genetic Testing 

A genetic test (pdf) is the process of testing blood to find genetic mutations that may contribute to an increased risk for some cancers. Patients are also counseled on the ethical and legal issues of genetic testing. Patients who appear to be appropriate candidates for genetic testing based on the pattern of cancers in their families will be given information about the available test or tests.

Individualized Cancer Screening and Prevention Recommendations 

Based on the family history and/or genetic test results, each patient receives information on the methods available to reduce their risk of cancer. This may include a discussion of screening strategies, chemoprevention and prophylactic surgery. As needed, patients are referred to high risk screening clinics for further discussion and long-term follow-up.

Referrals to Clinical Research Trials and Research Registries

Patients are often invited to participate in appropriate clinical research trials and registries.

To speak with a staff member of Clinical Cancer Genetics, or to learn more about our services, call 713-792-6161 or 800-392-1611.

Read the CCG Program Brochure (pdf), or read more about the genetic counseling process in English or Español (pdf).