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he Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute offers cancer genetic counseling in partnership with Yale Cancer Center as well as genetic risk assessments for breast and ovarian cancer. Cancer genetic counseling through the Cancer Institute can help you understand your risk of developing cancer in order to make informed medical decisions.

Yale Genetic Counseling Program
In partnership with Yale Cancer Center, the Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital provides genetic counseling services in the Greater Bridgeport community. Genetic counseling can help you understand your risk—and your family’s risk—of developing cancer, based on your family history. A certified genetic counselor can also help you determine what genetic testing or prevention strategies may be right for you and other members of your family. The testing process requires only a sample of blood.

Certified genetic counselor Rachel Barnett, MS, is available to see patients at the Cancer Institute’s Park Avenue campus in Trumbull located at 5520 Park Avenue, (rear building). For information about the Yale Genetic Counseling Program in Trumbull, or to make an appointment, call 203-764-8400.

Genetic Risk Assessments for Breast and Ovarian Cancer
Genetic risk assessments for breast and ovarian cancer are available through the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center at its sites in Bridgeport, Fairfield and Trumbull. Genetic counseling may be recommended before and after the assessment.

For more information, call Sally Cascella, MAHSM, BSN, RN, CNOR, at 203-255-5300.

Who Can Benefit From Genetic Counseling?
If you have a personal and/or family history of any of the following, you may be a candidate for genetic counseling:

  • Multiple relatives on the same side of the family with the same cancer or potentially related cancers (breast, ovary, uterus, pancreas, prostate, colon)
  • Cancer at unusually early ages, such as breast cancer younger than 45 years, colon cancer younger than 50 years or uterine cancer younger than 50 years
  • More than one diagnosis of cancer in the same individual
  • Rare cancers, such as male breast cancer or medullary thyroid cancer
  • Jewish ancestry and breast, ovarian and/or pancreatic cancer
  • A family history of a known altered cancer-predisposing gene