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Familial Cancers Treatment Information
Familial cancers present concerns about understanding your risk for developing cancer, knowing how to maintain your health and being prepared to treat cancer if it occurs. We deliver many leading-edge services to help you manage this condition.
- Genetic counseling. Our genetic counselors talk with you and your family about the genetic basis of your disorder, its natural history, how it is inherited and how to manage the condition. Genetic counseling sessions are thorough and not hurried. Our experts take the time needed to discuss all aspects of your familial cancer, including the risks and implications for your children, your siblings and extended family. We also talk with you about how to share this information with other family members and we work to answer all of your questions. If needed, we arrange for and coordinate any required testing.
- Genetic testing. In some cases, your genetic counselor and physician may recommend genetic testing to help make a diagnosis or gain a better understanding of your risk for a familial cancer.
- Specialty clinics. We operate several specialty clinics related to familial cancers. These centers offer advanced prevention and treatment options for high-risk individuals. They include the Indiana Familial Cancer Clinic, the Catherine Peachey Breast Cancer Prevention Program and the Indiana University Pancreatic Cyst and Cancer Early Detection Clinic .
- Cancer care. At the IU Health Simon Cancer Center, we offer leading-edge therapies and treatments for many familial cancers, including:
- Research. Our physicians are actively involved in research to study familial cancers, test new therapies and find ways to improve outcomes for patients. Our intensive research efforts give patients access to the newest treatments and clinical trials.
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Familial Cancers Support Services
Learn more about familial cancers treatments at these websites:
A Sampling of Familial Cancers Support Services
Indiana Familial Cancer Program
This Indiana University School of Medicine center assists patients and their physicians in understanding and researching familial cancers.
National Cancer Institute
This National Institutes of Health website provides extensive patient information about many types of cancer.
Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)
This online support group is designed for people fighting hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
VHL Family Alliance
This website focuses on sharing information about the genetic form of cancer known as von Hippel-Lindau. This is a familial cancer that involves the blood vessels and tumors in one or more parts of the body. The website offers helpful information for patients and families.
Hereditary Leiomyomatosis and Renal Cell Cancer (HLRCC)
This inherited condition can cause skin bumps, uterine fibroids, and renal or kidney cancer. This website provides useful patient information.
Hereditary Colon Cancer Takes Guts
This website provides information for patients and families living with hereditary colon cancer.