Hereditary Gynecologic Cancer Syndromes: When to Consider Genetic Counseling

Hereditary cancer syndromes cause a significant portion of gynecologic malignancies. Many times, gynecologic cancers are diagnosed in the late stages, at a time when treatment options are limited.

Hereditary cancer risk assessments are key in identifying patients and families who may be at increased risk of developing hereditary gynecologic cancer syndromes, such as breast and ovarian cancer syndrome, Lynch syndrome, Li–Fraumeni syndrome, Cowden syndrome, Peutz–Jeghers syndrome, and hereditary diffuse gastric cancer.

This short video—brought to you by Christina Chu, MD, Interim Chief, Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology at Fox Chase—provides an overview of hereditary gynecologic cancer syndromes and when to consider referring a patient for genetic counseling.

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