Hollings Cancer Center

A National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Center

Genetic Counseling at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center

Genetic Counseling at Hollings Cancer Center

As we learn more about cancer, we learn more about how the genes we inherit from our parents can place us at increased risk for various types of cancer. When cancer is diagnosed, it is essential to consider whether family members are at risk, too. Genetic counselors at MUSC Health are masters-level trained and certified through the American Board of Genetic Counseling, ensuring qualified, professional care.

Our genetic counselors offer consultations to MUSC Hollings Cancer Center patients, including individuals who have cancer, individuals who had cancer but are in remission and individuals with a family member previously diagnosed with cancer. Our new genetic counseling team can provide recommendations for ongoing surveillance based on results.

What is Genetic Testing?

Genetic testing generally involves drawing a blood sample to look for changes in a person’s genes that may indicate an increased risk for cancer. For those with a cancer diagnosis, genetic testing may also help personalize cancer screening recommendations.

How Can Genetics Testing Help You and Your Family?

  • Understand your risk of developing certain cancers
  • Manage your cancer risk through screening or risk reduction
  • Guide your cancer treatment
  • Assess the impact to your family members

Who Can Benefit from Genetic Consultation?

  • Individuals with cancer who were diagnosed at a younger than average age, usually before age 50.
  • Patients who develop more than one cancer. For example, breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
  • Individuals with cancer in multiple relatives. For example, when cancer is found on the same side of the family.
  • Patients with rare cancers or tumors (such as male breast cancer, medullary thyroid cancer, pheochromocytoma) or individuals with multiple colon polyps.
  • Individuals with a known pathogenic variant or mutation (positive genetic test result) for a cancer susceptibility gene.
  • Comprehensive management for lymphomas and myeloma, including stem cell transplantation where appropriate.

Scheduling an Appointment

Please contact Latesha Taylor at 843-792-0745 for scheduling needs and Jennifer Wood for any questions 843-792-4049.