Genetic Testing and Clinical Trials
Genesis is committed to providing you with the latest in genetic testing and access to clinical trials close to home. With the Genesis Cancer Risk Program, you can learn the role genes play in cancer, and after your assessment, our staff can help you find ways to reduce your risk through prescribed screening intervals, surgery or other treatment if needed.
Genesis offers both National Cancer Institute-sponsored and pharmaceutical company trials. Participating in clinical trials offers the chance to participate in the latest treatment, supportive care and provide information that may help others with the same cancer. During your appointment, your care team will discuss clinical trials options if you may qualify.
Genetic testing and counseling
Learn if you could be at risk for hereditary cancer by turning to the Genesis Cancer Risk Program. You’ll learn information that will help you take charge of your health.
The Genesis Cancer Risk Program is for those who:
- Are from a family with an inherited kind of cancer
- Diagnosed with a rare cancer, such as male breast cancer
- Have a family member who developed cancer before age 50
- Have a family member who was diagnosed with more than one type of cancer
- Have had two or more relatives on the same side of the family with the same or related cancers such as breast and ovarian cancers
- Worry about your risk based on your family history
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Cancer risk screening for prevention
The Genesis Cancer Risk Program begins with you meeting with one of our cancer nurse navigators. You’ll discuss your health information and your family’s medical history and learn the role genes play in cancer. Your nurse will then consult with genetic counselors and a medical oncologist to assess your risk.
Together, our team reviews preventive strategies that can reduce your likelihood of cancer. You’ll also learn about screenings that improve your odds of catching the disease early, when treatment works best.
Ask your doctor about our genetic testing options before, during and after cancer treatment.
Cancer treatment based on genetics
Cancer treatment is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Genetics play an important role in the decision on how to treat your cancer regarding surgery, chemotherapy, biotherapy, immunotherapy and maintenance if needed.
Cancer clinical trials
Through Genesis Cancer Services, you may qualify for a clinical trial that tests a promising new cancer therapy, screening test, medication or intervention for symptom control, or cancer registry for those with the same disease to improve outcomes. Taking part in a clinical trial is voluntary. If you’re eligible for a clinical trial, you gain access to treatments not yet available to the public, and you contribute to essential medical research. But, as with other types of medical treatment, your cancer therapy may cause side effects. The Cancer Care Center staff will monitor your symptoms closely and make adjustments as necessary for comfort and safety.
Talk to your doctor or nurse navigator if you have questions about clinical trials. Cancer Services’ research staff will act as your advocate and help ensure your safety during a clinical trial.
View Available Clinical Trials
National Cancer Institute-sponsored cooperative group
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) sponsors clinical trials nationally. Genesis participates in clinical trials run through the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) based in Columbus along with other community cancer centers in Southeastern Ohio. The trials through NCORP are the same ones available at major academic and Columbus hospitals but are more convenient for those who live in our community. Ask your doctor if you are eligible for a clinical trial that you may participate in before, during and after cancer treatment.
Pharmaceutical companies sponsor clinical trials
Genesis participates in clinical trials sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program. These trials offer access to drugs and treatments not always available at other centers. Genesis is committed to offering the latest in treatment close to home. Ask your doctor if you are eligible for a clinical trial that you may participate in before, during and after cancer treatment.
Make an appointment
For an appointment for the Genesis Cancer Risk Program or to learn more about clinical trials at Genesis, call (740) 454-5271 or toll-free 844-645-3433.