Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment, Counseling and Screening of High-risk Individuals in Greater San Antonio and South Texas: Education and Implementation

Funding Agency: Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

Title: Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment, Counseling and Screening of High-risk Individuals in Greater San Antonio and South Texas: Education and Implementation

Status: Active

Period: 3/2012-2/2016

Role: Principal Investigator

Grant Detail: When determining ones risk of cancer, a family history of cancer can be a strong clue and health-care providers can often determine who is at high risk of cancer simply based on family history. For some individuals, a genetic test can determine if a person carries a genetic tendency to develop cancer. For those individuals at highest risk, many interventions have been tested and proven to decrease the risk of cancer or to detect cancer at an early stage. Using several different methods we will identify individuals at high-risk of cancer because of a family history. We will use a short questionnaire to identify individuals within the existing health care system who may be at risk of breast, colon, or other types of cancers. Those individuals who have a positive family history will be contacted by a specialist who will gather additional information to determine if a formal genetic evaluation is needed. For individuals at highest risk, we will recommend appropriate screening procedures which, depending on the type of risk, may include mammography, MRI scan, or colonoscopy. We will provide funds for those unable to pay for such screening tests. In South Texas there are few professional resources to work with families that may have an increased risk of cancer and need additional screening services. This project will fill this gap by providing specialists in the area of cancer genetic risk and counseling. In addition, this project will provide education to physicians-in-training as well as established clinicians, so that our medical community will collectively achieve a higher level of understanding of cancer risks and appropriate interventions to reduce risk. This program will service the greater San Antonio area at the UT Health San Antonio and will extend to Laredo and Harlingen, sites of our regional campus locations.