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Addressing your cancer concerns
If a family member has been diagnosed with cancer, you may wonder what that news means for you.
A cancer diagnosis can raise questions about your future risk and the risk for family members.
Genetic counselors at the UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center can help you get answers. We provide risk assessments and counseling to people with concerns about cancer in their family tree.
We help you understand your risk, which can provide peace of mind. If you have an increased chance of getting cancer, we can help you develop a screening plan. If you currently have cancer, our assessment can help guide decisions about your treatment and follow-up care.
Programs and services
Let the best available information guide you
The UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center is Wisconsin’s only comprehensive cancer center. You receive all the cancer care you need here, including access to information about hereditary cancer risk.
With a referral from your provider, we can help you make informed decisions that may benefit the long-term health of you and your family members.
How we help
Our risk assessments provide you with personalized information regarding:
Inherited cancer risk factors
Targeted screening recommendations
We also provide emotional support. We know that when you seek our services, it may be a challenging time. We make the process as easy and as reassuring as possible.
What to expect
When you come to us, we will:
Collect detailed medical and family histories
Teach you about genetic and nongenetic cancer risk factors
Assess the likelihood that cancer in the family is linked to genetics
Discuss the risks, benefits and limitations of genetic testing
Provide cancer risk estimates for you and your family members
Help you adjust to the news you receive
Address issues related to insurance and privacy
Who we serve
Let us help you
We can help you if you have a personal or family history of cancer that includes:
A hereditary cancer syndrome or mutation in a gene known to raise cancer risk in the family
More than one cancer in the same person (cancer in both breasts, for example, or two different types of cancer)
Onset of cancer before age 50
Rare cancers, such as male breast cancer or medullary thyroid cancer
Several relatives on the same side of the family with cancer
To learn more, please call (608) 263-7284.
Meet our team
Assisting you with expertise and support
Our team includes experienced professionals who specialize in genetics and counseling.
They work closely with healthcare providers in the UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center. Together, they make sure you receive the guidance and support that will most benefit you.
Part of the specialized care at the UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center
Patient and support services
Your history form
If a doctor has already referred you to our clinic, please complete and return the history form below. We’ll contact you to schedule your appointment.
UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center
The experts at the UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center intimately understand every type of cancer. We will get to know you and design a treatment plan that works for you and your family.