Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program

The UCSF Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program is a comprehensive genetic counseling service for families with a history of cancer. It is the largest genetic testing center for cancer in Northern California.

Our genetic counselors provide information about hereditary cancers as well as an assessment of your personal and family history and, when appropriate, genetic testing for cancer predisposition. Counselors and doctors use the findings, along with other cancer risk factors, to design an individualized risk management program for you that includes recommendations for cancer screening and options for preventive measures.

For more information, please visit our FAQ about cancer genetic testing and prevention.

Coronavirus update

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Our providers are available for patient appointments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place order. Appointment options for new and current patients include:

  • Video visits
  • In-person visits at UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center locations for diagnostic evaluation, urgent lab work, infusion and radiation therapy

The health, safety and well-being of our patients remains our top priority. Accordingly, UCSF has infection prevention practices and protocols in place at all of our facilities.

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    Patient education

    Taking Charge: If You Are at High Risk for Ovarian Cancer

    If you have an increased risk of ovarian cancer, your doctor may periodically order a blood test that has shown usefulness in finding epithelial ovarian cancer.

    FAQ: Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer

    Do you have a family history of cancer? Genetic counselors can help you understand your cancer risk and make recommendations for screening tests and preventive treatments.

    Awards & recognition

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      Best hospital in Northern California

    • n8-2x

      Ranked No. 12 in the nation for cancer care

    • NIH-2x

      Designated comprehensive cancer center

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    Spiritual Care Services

    Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.

    International Services

    If you live in another country and are coming to UCSF for medical
    treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    What to Bring

    • Health Insurance Card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of any vitamins or supplements
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    Related clinics

    Hereditary Cancer Clinic

    Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

    1825 Fourth Street, Third Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94158

    Our research initiatives

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      UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Research

      UCSF is home to a range of research initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for cancer patients everywhere. This includes research on topics such as immunotherapy, BRCA mutations and molecular diagnostic testing.

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