Genetic Counseling and Testing
To schedule an appointment or for additional information, please contact Sara Bienenfeld at 203.276.2030.
Our cancer genetic testing program was created to offer you and your family the most current information in genetics and oncology. We bring together a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including the only full-time cancer genetic counselor in Fairfield County. And because of our close relationship with other specialists at the Bennett Cancer Center, we promise you prompt delivery of services.
You could benefit from cancer genetic counseling if:
- You have a personal and/or family history that appears to show a hereditary cancer susceptibility
- You have family members with a known history of cancer susceptibility
- You have extreme cancer anxiety, even without any knowledge of increased risk
- You’re considering cancer genetic testing
- You have questions about cancer risk in children or extended family members
- You’re high-risk, including a known history of cancer susceptibility and significant family history
- You’ve undergone genetic testing through your physician and would like a more detailed discussion about your results
You could be susceptible to hereditary cancer if:
- Cancer diagnosed at an unusually young age (breast or colon cancer before age 50)
- Multiple close family members have or have had either the same type of cancer or related cancers (breast and ovarian, uterine and colon)
- Two or more primary cancer diagnoses in the same individual
- Certain rare cancers or tumors (medullary thyroid cancer, retinoblastoma, hepatoblastoma, male breast cancer, adrenocortical carcinoma, pheochromocytoma)
- Other features associated with hereditary cancer syndromes (multiple colon polyps)
How Genetic Testing for Cancer Works
We will ask you for the details on your personal and family medical history. If you’re concerned about your cancer risk, your genetic counselor will be there every step of the way. Here at Stamford Health, we make sure our team is well trained in medical genetics and counseling. Throughout this process, we:
- Assess your risk for inherited cancer susceptibility using various risk models.
- Educate and answer any questions you have about cancer risks, the option of genetic testing, and the benefits and drawbacks of genetic testing.
- Review medical management options with or without genetic testing.
- Discuss insurance coverage and any confidentiality concerns surrounding your results.
- Provide psychosocial support and facilitate communication between you and your family.
- Communicate with your primary care and referring physicians.