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Genetics & High Risk Cancer Screening Clinic 2015 Research Residents


Introduction to Cancer Genetics

The goal of the Mays Cancer Center Genetics and High Risk Surveillance Clinic is to identify patients who have a genetic predisposition to specific cancers where medical interventions have been shown to be beneficial in improving outcomes.


The clinic is multidisciplinary and operates in partnership with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, UT Medicine, the Mays Cancer Center, and the University Health System. Its physicians and medical professionals:

  • Provide comprehensive cancer risk assessments
  • Identify patients with hereditary cancer syndromes
  • Educate patients and loved ones
  • Coordinate genetic testing
  • Interpret test results for patients and their medical providers
  • Recommend medical interventions that may improve outcomes


The clinic is located on the sixth floor of the Zeller Building at the Cancer Center, 7979 Wurzbach Road, in the South Texas Medical Center in San Antonio. The telephone number is 210-450-5990.


The clinic's health professionals strive to promote healthcare, and provide family-centered patient care that encompasses diagnosis and effective interventions for genetic disorders related to malignancy. A small percentage of individuals have a hereditary predisposition to specific cancers. Identification of individuals with a hereditary disposition for specific cancers may provide for medical interventions that result in better outcomes.


An individual may particularly want genetic counseling if:

  • There is a personal history of cancer, particularly at a young age
  • There is a family or personal history of breast cancer before age 50
  • There is a family history of ovarian cancer
  • There is a family or personal history of multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN)
  • There is a family history of colorectal cancer before age 50
  • He or she has had more than one cancer in his or her lifetime
  • There is a known hereditary cancer syndrome in the family


Genetic Counseling

Genetic counselors assist patients with a personal or family history of cancer to provide genetic risk assessment and identification of hereditary cancer syndromes, coordinate genetic testing, provide education regarding future cancer risks, screening and prevention options, and provide supportive psychosocial counseling for individuals and family members with hereditary cancer syndromes. During a patient's initial appointment, the staff will discuss these topics and whether genetic testing may be appropriate. Genetic testing is not for everyone. However, the clinic's genetic counselors will help a patient determine whether it is the right option for themselves or their family.


For patients who proceed with genetic testing, the clinic will send a blood or saliva sample for laboratory analysis. The staff will provide the patient with:

  • A comprehensive explanation of the results, including their implications for the patient and the family members
  • Risk-reduction options for the future
  • Information about whether additional testing is recommended
  • Specific referrals to appropriate clinics at UT Medicine and the Mays Cancer Center



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