Mayo Clinic's approach

Mayo Clinic's Familial Cancer Program offers:

  • Cancer risk assessment and genetic testing
  • Cancer risk education and counseling
  • Customized screening and prevention options

Professionals in the Familial Cancer Program have experience with all hereditary cancer syndromes, including, but not limited to:

  • Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome
  • Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome
  • Dyskeratosis congenita
  • Familial adenomatous polyposis
  • Familial medullary thyroid cancer
  • Fanconi anemia
  • Hereditary breast and ovarian cancers
  • Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer
  • Hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer
  • Hereditary paraganglioma-pheochromocytoma syndrome
  • Isolated hemihyperplasia (isolated hemihypertrophy)
  • Juvenile polyposis syndrome
  • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
  • Lynch syndrome (hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer)
  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia, type 1 and type 2
  • MYH-associated polyposis
  • Neurofibromatosis, type 1 and type 2
  • Nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (Gorlin syndrome)
  • Peutz-Jeghers syndrome
  • PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome, including Cowden syndrome
  • RASopathy syndromes
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Schwannomatosis
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Von Hippel-Lindau disease

Expertise and rankings

Why choose Mayo Clinic

  • Collaboration. Mayo Clinic's Familial Cancer Program is staffed by experts from several fields who work together to ensure you receive exactly the care you need. Professionals who work in the Familial Cancer Program include specialists in genetic counseling and doctors with expertise in hereditary cancer syndromes.
  • Expertise. Familial cancer syndromes are rare, and it's important to seek evaluation from doctors familiar with your cancer. Mayo Clinic's highly trained specialists are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all familial cancer syndromes.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic patients have access to participate in research studies that may help advance the understanding of cancer. Researchers study cancer risk factors (both genetic and nongenetic) and the effect of changing lifestyle factors — such as exercise or smoking — on cancer risk. Mayo doctors use these studies to develop new approaches to the prevention and management of genetic cancers.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Oct. 31, 2018
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