If you could—would you want to know whether your family has a genetic predisposition to cancer? World-renown genetic counselor Heather Hampel is not only here to share how that’s possible, but also to explain how some cancers can be preventable. In this episode, Heather shares what patients should know about the genetic testing process, the available screening options and the importance of knowing your family’s medical history.
Heather Hampel, M.S., CGC is a Clinical Professor and Associate Director of the Division of Clinical Cancer Genomics at City of Hope National Medical Center. Her research focuses on Lynch syndrome and universal tumor screening for Lynch syndrome. She has >160 publications on the prevalence of Lynch syndrome among colorectal and endometrial cancer patients, the best testing protocols, cost-effectiveness, and referral guidelines for cancer genetics. She was on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Genetic Counseling from 2006-2011, serving as President in 2009 and 2010. She has been on the Steering Committee of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable since 2016. She was on the Council of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer from 2016-2019, serving as president in 2017-2018.
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