Genetic Counseling and Testing

Inspira offers genetic counseling and testing services through MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper's William G. Rohrer Cancer Genetics Program. The program helps to identify and educate patients and their families about their hereditary cancer risks. Through genetic counseling, patients can benefit from strategies for early detection, and in some circumstances, identify opportunities for prevention.
 
What is genetic counseling and testing?
Genetic counseling is used to help determine an individual’s risk of developing certain types of cancer and offers testing and recommendations for risk-reduction strategies, when appropriate. Genetic counseling can help people consider the risks, benefits, and limitations of genetic testing in the context of their particular situation. In some cases, the genetic counselor and physician may determine that testing is not needed.

Are you concerned about your risk for developing cancer?
At Inspira, we help patients understand reasons to consider having a cancer risk assessment or cancer genetic counseling. Factors to consider genetic counseling include:Early age at cancer diagnosis (usually under age 50 but may vary)
  • Any woman diagnosed with breast cancer at age 45 or younger regardless of family history
  • Any woman diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) at age 60 or younger
  • A combination of certain cancers in you or your family. For example, breast and ovarian cancer; colorectal and uterine cancer; sarcoma, brain tumor and breast cancer
  • More than one type of cancer diagnosed in you or a family member
  • Any Ashkenazi Jewish woman with breast or ovarian cancer regardless of age of diagnosis
  • Any man with breast cancer, or close relative of a man with breast cancer
Insurance Coverage
Cancer genetics consultation appointments are covered by most health insurers. Health insurance companies may cover most, if not all, of the cost of genetic testing on a case-by-case basis. The issue of health insurance coverage for the cost of genetic testing will be addressed during the consultation appointment.

Locations
  • Inspira Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion in Vineland
  • Inspira Health Center Mullica Hill
  • The Minniti Center for Medical Oncology & Hematology in Mickleton
For more information or to make an appointment for genetic counseling and testing at Inspira, call 856-641-8670.