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Hereditary Cancer Service

This service involves the provision of genetic assessment, counselling, testing and diagnosis to individuals and families with suspected hereditary or familial cancer, including breast and ovarian cancer. Families and individuals are referred because they have cancer themselves or may be at an increased risk of cancer due to an inherited predisposition.

We collaborate with the Programs in Laboratory Medicine, Oncology and CancerCare Manitoba to lobby for the development of genetic testing for men and women at risk for hereditary cancer, and particularly for breast and ovarian cancer and hereditary colon cancer.

We work with colleagues in CancerCare Manitoba and the WRHA Oncology Program to develop a multidisciplinary approach to patient information sharing, health and preventative medical care, risk assessment and counselling. This service works closely with the DNA Diagnostic Laboratory at the Health Sciences Centre.