At London Bridge Hospital, we offer a genetic counselling service for families with an inherited predisposition to cancer.
Most cancers occur by chance; however, a small number of families have an inheritable risk for certain types of cancers.
Dr Gabriella Pichert, Consultant Cancer Geneticist, offers a counselling service providing individuals and families with a personal and/or family history of cancer.
The service offers patients/families the following:
- An opportunity to discuss their concerns
- Answers to their questions regarding their cancer risks, as well as genetic tests
- Assessment of their individual cancer risk
- An opportunity to discuss the options available to manage these cancer risks with and without a genetic test
Should a genetic test be available to determine the cause of cancers in a family, the advantages and disadvantages are discussed with the individual seeking advice to determine whether such a test is appropriate.
If a genetic test is performed, blood will be taken and sent to a specialist laboratory. Once the result is available (usually within six weeks), another appointment will be arranged to discuss this result and its implications for the patient and their family.
Telephone:020 3457 6262