Genetics at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a field of medicine that involves the diagnosis and management of hereditary disorders. The genetics team at Eastern supports patients by providing information about genetic conditions, diagnostic testing and risks for other family members. Cancer-related genetic tests are available at our hospital to determine whether a patient has a certain gene mutation known to increase the risk for a certain cancer.
Genetic testing is an optional test for patients to identify inherited gene mutations. Genetic testing has benefits but also limitations and risks. Our genetic counselors or geneticists in Pennsylvania will provide information about genetic testing options and help you decide if genetic testing is right for you. The actual test is non-invasive and completed by obtaining saliva or blood. When meeting with a geneticist, you will discuss your personal and family history of cancer to trace genetic diseases and health problems. The genetic team may help establish patterns of cancer inheritance within a family.
If you choose genetic testing, our genetic counselors will share the report with you and help you interpret the analysis. The results may help you better understand your inherited cancer risk. By knowing your risk, you are empowered with information and better able to participate in making cancer treatment decisions. At our center in Pennsylvania, our genetics team also offers education on lifestyle choices that may make a positive impact on your future health. The geneticists at our Philadelphia cancer center are an important part of our integrative care approach.