The Pediatric Cancer Genetic Risk Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's provides cancer risk assessment for children, comprehensive recommendations for managing cancer risk in children, and psychosocial support for families affected by hereditary cancer. We also conduct research into many aspects of cancer risk and its management. We are one of the few cancer genetic risk programs in the U.S. focused specifically on pediatric cancer risk.
Our goal is to help you determine whether your children are at risk of cancer – and if so, what can be done either to help prevent cancer in your children or to catch it early and address it quickly for the best possible outcome.
We help you manage all aspects of genetic cancer risk – from consideration of testing to monitoring to counseling. A visit to our program usually includes time with both a physician and a genetic counselor, both of whom have expertise in inherited cancer syndromes that affect children. We are also one of the few programs of this type that includes a pediatric psychologist who specializes in pediatric hereditary cancer. This specialized consultation is a standard part of clinic visits offered to each family.
Our Pediatric Cancer Genetic Risk Program:
We also provide consultation to community-based providers who may be unfamiliar with the unique medical and psychosocial issues that arise when a family receives a hereditary cancer diagnosis.
If you or your doctor thinks your child might have an inherited form of cancer or be at increased risk for developing cancer – or if you are considering having children and want to better understand possible risk for your children – you may wish to schedule an appointment with us.
Our program is recommended for children who have:
The field of genetics is rapidly changing, and we provide advanced options in genetic testing across the spectrum of new and established inherited cancer syndromes. The syndromes include, but are not limited to:
Although our Pediatric Cancer Genetic Risk Program is focused on pediatric cancer risk, adult family members may choose to visit the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention. Both programs work closely together, allowing us to provide integrated care for families.
Our care team includes pediatric oncologists, genetic counselors, psychologists, and other specialists from the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Division of Genetics at Boston Children's Hospital.
The core clinical team at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's includes:
Most cases are reviewed by a larger multidisciplinary team composed of genetic counselors, geneticists, pediatric specialists, psychologists, and oncologists from Dana-Farber and Boston Children's Hospital. This larger team also forms the basis of expert referrals as needed and includes the following specialists:
In recent years, researchers have made great strides in building our understanding of how genetic factors influence cancer risk – and how we can leverage new technologies for testing and screening. At the Pediatric Cancer Genetic Risk Program, our comprehensive program includes not only the clinical care of children with cancer but incorporates research at the forefront of genetic discovery.
Some of our research interests include:
We offer appointments Monday - Friday. We will work with your insurance company to obtain coverage; in most cases, insurance companies will provide coverage.
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