Genetic Counseling

Genetic Counseling at Metro Chicago Surgical Oncology’s Women’s Health Physicians provides risk assessment and genetic testing for women with concerns such as:

  • BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene and gene mutation
  • Cancer
  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Genetic disorders
  • Metabolic disorders of unexplained origin

Cancer Genetic Screening

Most cancers are not inherited; however, in 5% to 10% of families there might be a genetic predisposition for certain cancers. A consultation with MCSO’s women’s health physicians can provide the opportunity to estimate the risk for cancer based on:

  • Maternal and paternal family histories
  • Age(s) when cancer was diagnosed
  • Ethnicity
  • Clustering of related cancers on either side of the family

Our physicians are experienced in risk assessment and options for families who might have a predisposition for breast/ovarian cancer, colon cancer, or any other cancer that might be inherited. 

How is a genetic evaluation done?

Our board-certified women’s health physicians will review your family and personal medical histories. He or she is likely to ask you about diseases, disorders, and birth defects in your families as far back as 3 generations. Our physicians will also will discuss the benefits and risks of testing.

Our physicians will discuss your genetic screening results with you. If there is a problem, they will help you understand it. They will describe your choices for prevention and treatment.