The purpose of genetic counseling is to assess cancer risk.
For patients who have already been diagnosed with cancer, and have a family history of cancer, genetic counseling may help identify you as a specific “cancer gene” carrier. In some cases genetic counseling may provide you with information regarding your chance of developing other types of cancer.
Genetic counseling will help your family members understand their risk of developing cancer, and will teach them not only how to reduce risks, but also identify surveillance strategies.
The Ferre Institute — A Genetic Counseling Program
Upstate Hematology Oncology has invited the Ferre Institute to provide genetic counseling to our patients and their families in our office on a regular basis.
The Ferre Institute is a non-profit organization established in Binghamton, New York in 1974. The institute is dedicates to quality services in human genetics. It has delivered the most current and balanced medical information about human genetics to 1.5 million patient and their families.
The Ferre Institute's genetic counseling program has been recognized nationally for its innovative approach to providing “community genetics”.
Community genetics integrates the advances of the Human Genome Project into primary health care, and brings new information and options to individuals and their families in the community where they live and work.
Ferre's genetic counselors help patients, their families and medical providers understand the very complicated science of genetics as it applies to them and their decisions.
To assist you in setting up a consultation with the Ferre Institute genetic counselors, please contact a member of our nursing staff.