The Pediatric Cancer Genetics Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's provides
multidisciplinary, consultative care to patients and their families whose
condition or family history suggests an inherited risk of cancer. We provide
cancer risk assessment, comprehensive recommendations for managing cancer risk, and psychosocial support for families affected by hereditary cancer. We also
conduct research into many aspects of cancer risk and its management.
Our program includes expert pediatric oncologists, genetic
counselors, psychologists, and other specialists at both Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital. A visit to our program usually
includes time with both a physician and a genetic counselor, both of whom have
expertise in all forms of inherited cancer syndromes that affect children. Specialized psychosocial consultation to discuss the family impact of
genetic testing and hereditary cancer is also a standard part of clinic visits
offered to each family.
As part of risk assessment, we offer genetic and genomic
testing to determine risk for inherited cancer syndromes. We educate families about inherited risk
factors and the implications of the genetic/genomic test results for the child
and other relatives. Working with
referring physicians, we can design individualized programs to monitor for the
earliest signs of cancer and to reduce the risks of cancer when appropriate. All cases are reviewed by a larger
multidisciplinary team composed of genetic counselors, geneticists, pediatric
specialists, a psychosocial team, and oncologists from Dana-Farber and Boston Children’s
Referrals are made as needed to clinical geneticists at Boston
Children’s Hospital or additional specialists. Adult family members may be referred to the
Dana-Farber Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention.
If you or your doctor believe your child might have an inherited form of cancer or be at increased risk for developing cancer, please consider making an appointment in our clinic. At this visit, we will provide an estimate of your child’s cancer risks, offer and arrange genetic testing if appropriate, and work with you and your child’s health care team to provide strategies to help lower the risks of cancer. We can also offer advice about talking with your children about genetic risk and related concerns.
Referral to 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:
Our team includes members from the Pediatric Oncology department at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s, the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Division of Genetics at Boston Children's Hospital.
The core clinic team at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s includes:
We also consult and work closely with these specialists at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:
Phone: 617-632-4298Fax: 617-582-7434Email: Pedi_Genetics@DFCI.HARVARD.EDUMailing Address:450 Brookline AvenueDana Building, Rm. 3-122Boston Ma, 02215
International patientsEmail firstname.lastname@example.org, call +1 617-632-2952, or visit our International Patient Services web section to learn more about our specialized services for international patients.
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