Overview and Indications

Clinical genetics provide diagnostic services and “genetic counseling” for individuals or families at risk of cancer. To help patients make complicated decisions at what can be a particularly vulnerable time in their lives, a team of genetic counselors is ready to help at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Approximately 10 percent of cancers develop because a person has inherited a change in a gene (also called a mutation) that puts him or her at higher risk to develop a cancer. The Cancer Genetics Program at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is paving the way for early detection and preventative strategies in cancer. We use leading technology to evaluate cancer risk, and provide screening, prevention and treatment as necessary. Early detection is key. Our advanced tactics and tools allow us to provide you and your family members with the best approach to preventing and fighting cancer. Patients for whom genetic testing is appropriate have a family history of cancer, have been diagnosed with cancer before the age of 50 or have several family members with cancer.