In light of a growing body of research confirming that many common cancers, including breast, ovarian, and colorectal cancer, are hereditary, the Division of Clinical Cancer Genetics Cancer Screening & Prevention ProgramSM helps people understand their personal cancer risk profiles, offering a comprehensive cancer risk assessment that takes into account family history and genetics, along with environmental and lifestyle factors. With this information, people can take proactive steps to “outsmart cancer.”
Clinical cancer genetics research at City of Hope investigates multiple approaches that utilize the latest findings in cancer genetics in order to improve the prevention, treatment, and support of those with hereditary cancers.
An integral component of this program is the Cancer Genetics Community Research Network, a prospective research registry protocol initiated at City of Hope as a biospecimen repository with associated personal and family medical history, and psycho-social and clinical follow-up data collection.
The division’s Cancer Genetics Education Program (CGEP) offers courses and self-teaching tools designed to further health care professionals’ understanding of cancer genetics. Major initiatives include:
In addition, CGEP staff speak to medical groups, hospital medical staffs and other community health care professionals. The program is supported in part by the National Cancer Institute and the California Research Program.