Genetic testing is an important component of cancer care, and is offered here at the Ephrata Cancer Center in cooperation with Thomas Jefferson University. At the direction of the Center’s oncologists, patients who come for treatment of cancers which have a possible genetic link receive introductory genetic education and screening from trained personnel.
Those patients who would benefit from further genetic counseling are referred to the geneticists at Thomas Jefferson for a counseling appointment and blood sampling. To spare the patient a trip to Thomas Jefferson’s Philadelphia location, the appointment and blood work is done at the Ephrata Cancer Center. The results of the testing are reviewed with the patient and future care recommendations for the patient and family are discussed.