Hereditary Risk and Genetic Navigation

At Halifax Health, we know a diagnosis of cancer or finding out there is a family history of cancer can be overwhelming for patients, as well as their loved ones.  Halifax Health knows that having someone to navigate with you through this journey and answer your questions or concerns can be very helpful.

Halifax Health – Center for Oncology provides a hereditary risk / genetic navigator to assess individuals with a personal and/or family history of cancer to determine if genetic testing is right for you. Majority of cancers occur by chance, or are sporadic.  However, some cancers are caused by an inherited gene mutation, or are hereditary.  Identifying a hereditary predisposition to cancer allows individuals and families to personalize cancer screening guidelines, medical management, and treatment options.

The hereditary risk / genetic navigator will empower you by supplying you with current information and education regarding your results. The navigators’ goal is to help identify increased risk based on family history, the psychosocial impact of the history on the patients and family, and the environmental factors and physical assessment data that contribute to disease or risk.

You will receive the appropriate monitoring and self-care education to ensure the highest quality of life possible during your journey.

Do any of these apply to you?

If you have a personal and/or family history of the following, you should consider making an appointment:

  • Cancer diagnosed at an early age (i.e., breast or colon cancer diagnosed before 50)
  • Several generations of family members affected by cancer
  • Multiple primary cancers in one individual ( i.e., breast and ovarian cancer or breast cancer in both breasts)
  • Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish ancestry and breast or ovarian cancer
  • Identified genetic mutation in the family ( i.e., relatives of a known BRCA1/2 gene mutation carrier
  • Colon polyps (10 or more)
  • Rare tumors ( i.e., male breast cancer, paraganglioma, medullary thyroid cancer)

Our Complimentary Hereditary Risk/Genetic Navigator will:

  •  Provide emotional support and comfort to patients and their families
  • Expedite scheduling for appointments and tests
  • Serve as a point of contact to create a seamless approach to your care
  • Obtain comprehensive patient and family history to aid in your genetic testing decisions
  • Help you navigate through the healthcare system matching you with a lab that best suits your insurance needs
  • Collaborate with physicians, healthcare providers, and Team Members to provide advice, support, and answers to your questions

Danielle Bolton, RDMS, CN-BI is an educator, an advocate, and a friend who will guide you through the genetic testing process. Services are available whether you are inpatient at Halifax Health or being seen at the Halifax Health - Center for Oncology outpatient clinics.

Remember, you are not alone on this journey. We are all here for you and stand ready to support you in any way possible.

  

 

If you would like to speak to our Hereditary Risk / Genetic Navigator, please contact Danielle Bolton, RDMS, CN-BI

386.425.2219 or email at danielle.bolton@halifax.org

 


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