HEALTH ALERT!  For the safety of our patients and staff, effective March 30, 2020, new patients and patients with disabilities will be permitted one visitor over the age of 15. No other visitors will be permitted into the clinic.  Family members and caretakers may participate in the appointments remotely by phone or video conference if desired. Compass is working with other health care providers in the area to help contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus. We are taking active steps to minimize your exposure to the virus. These steps include screening everyone who enters the clinic for signs of illness, banning most visitors in the clinic, minimizing our own staffing and allowing some employees to work from home, and frequent sanitation of the clinic. We are using personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, gloves, and face-shields according to national guidelines. We are working to identify those patients whose visits or treatments can be safely delayed, and we will notify you of this if you have an upcoming visit.  We ask that you stay home if you have fever and/or cough.

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Should I Get Genetic Testing for Cancer Risk?

Some individuals are born with genetic mutations that increase the risk of developing cancer during their lifetime. These mutations may be inherited from either a mother or a father. While simply having a genetic mutation does not mean you will definitely get cancer, it does increase your risk.

To set up a personalized genetic risk evaluation please call 971.708.7600.

We are now in the era of personalized medicine and genetic counseling. Your genes can predict your risk of cancer, and certain genetic tests may help your doctors provide better treatment options. If you have cancer in your family, you may be at higher risk. You can talk to one of our genetic counselors to see if genetic testing for cancer would be right for you and your family. 

Consider scheduling a personalized genetic risk evaluation with Compass Oncology genetic counselor if you or any family member on either side of your family meet any of the following criteria of the syndromes outlined below.

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndromes:

  • Breast cancer diagnosed at age 50 or younger
  • Two breast cancers or both breast and ovarian/fallopian tube cancer, in the same person
  • Ashkenazi or Jewish heritage
  • A family history with breast cancer, ovarian cancer, thyroid cancer, endometrial cancer, pancreatic cancer, brain tumors, gastric cancer, leukemia, or lymphoma
  • Member of a family with a known mutation in a breast cancer susceptibility gene (BRCA1, BRCA2, etc.) 
  • Any male breast cancer
  • Any ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancer

Hereditary Colon Cancer Syndromes:

  • Colon cancer diagnosed at age 50 or younger
  • Colon cancer at any age with a second cancer at any age, including colon, endometrial, gastric, and ovarian cancer
  • Anyone with colon cancer at any age who also has a parent/sibling/child with colon cancer, endometrial cancer, gastric cancer, or ovarian cancer diagnosed before age 50
  • Adenomatous polyps of the colon in an individual with a family history of colon cancer
  • Endometrial cancer diagnosed at age 45 or younger
  • Two or more relatives with colon cancer

Visit our "Genetics of Colon and Rectal Cancers" webpage to learn more.

Since the technology for testing has progressed over the years, our genetic counselors also encourage anyone that meets any of the criteria outlined above but received a negative genetic test prior to 2013, to be retested. New genes associated with cancer risks and syndromes have been identified and are now included in updated panel-based testing.

Most insurance will cover genetic testing for patients who meet basic criteria. Our counselors are available to help you determine if you meet these criteria. To schedule your appointment, call 503.297.7403 or click here for more information.