The Clinical Cancer Genetics Program

What is your cancer risk?

The Clinical Cancer Genetics Program at Ohio State’s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute offers cancer risk assessment to people who are concerned about their personal and/or family history of cancer. During a cancer risk assessment, you will meet with a genetic counselor and a doctor who specializes in cancer genetics. They will work with you to complete a family medical history. They will help you understand the role of genes in causing cancer. You will get an evaluation of how likely it is that you will develop cancer at some time in your life, or have a recurrence. Also, they will estimate the chance that a risk for cancer might be passed along through the genes in the family. You will also learn about ways that you can lower your risk of cancer, and ways to detect it early when it is most easily treated.


Known cancer risk factors:

  • A person with a “strong” family history of cancer. This means having two or more close family members on the same side of the family with the same or related cancer.
  • A person who had cancer at an early age, who had more than one kind of cancer or who had a close family member with these features.
  • A person from a family that is known to have an inherited cancer syndrome
  • A person with a rare cancer (such as breast cancer in a man or an adrenal gland tumor)

While no one can predict exactly who will develop cancer, there are ways to find out who may be at high risk. To do so, speak to your doctor about having a complete cancer risk assessment. This process may help you better understand your cancer risk.


What about genetic testing?

Genetic testing is possible for some families. We will help you and your family to decide if testing is right for you.Testing involves having a blood sample drawn, and should begin with a family member who has had cancer.

Will my insurance cover cancer risk assessment?

The Clinical Cancer Genetics Program at The James participates with many health insurance companies. Our services are usually covered like any other specialty. Some insurance plans require a referral from your doctor in order to get coverage for our services.

Who will be able to see this information?

The privacy of your health and family information is very important to us. We only give this information to family members or other healthcare providers with your approval.


The Clinical Cancer Genetics Program is dedicated to improving patient care and outcomes through research. Current cancer genetic research initiatives include:

  • Studies to allow people with a personal or family history of cancer to store DNA samples for ongoing and future research projects
  • Studies to identify new genes involved in familial papillary thyroid cancer, colon cancer, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, squamous cell skin cancer and others
  • Studies offered to high risk people to identify genetic, hormonal, reproductive and lifestyle factors that are associated with the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call the Clinical Cancer Genetics Program at 614-293-6694 or toll-free at 888-329-1654. Our offices are located at 2001 Polaris Parkway, first floor, Columbus, OH 43240. 

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The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 460 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: