Genetic Counseling Services
Boston Medical Center’s Cancer Care Center offers genetic counseling services. Genetic counseling is the process by which a licensed genetic counselor reviews your medical and detailed family history information and performs an assessment to determine if a hereditary cancer predisposition may be increasing the risk for certain types of cancer in your family. Appropriate screening and surveillance recommendations will be made and genetic testing may be discussed, including possible results and the meaning of the results for you and family members. A referral for genetic counseling is appropriate if you have been diagnosed with breast, colon, ovarian, uterine, stomach, or another type of cancer or multiple gastrointestinal polyps before the age of 50 and/or if you have a strong family history of cancer (especially if family members have been diagnosed with cancer before the age of 50).
Please allow one hour for your appointment and bring with you any family history information that you have been able to collect from family members as well as any genetic test reports from family members who have previously pursued genetic testing.
For more information on diagnostic genetics at Boston Medical Center, please visit the Diagnostic Genetics Services website. To schedule an appointment, please call: 617.638.5908. Appointments are at the Moakley Building, 830 Harrison Avenue, Suite 3400.
Maureen Flynn, MS, MPH, is a Board-Certified and Licensed Genetic Counselor who has provided genetic counseling services at Boston Medical Center since 2002. She is a member of BMC’s Cancer Care Committee.