Genetic Counseling

Make an Appointment

To set up a genetic counseling appointment, call 520-694-CURE (2873).

Most insurance companies do cover genetic counseling without a referral.

Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment

Does cancer seem to run in your family?

Approximately, 5-10 percent of all cancers develop due to an inherited predisposition. We are the only cancer center in Tucson with certified genetic counselors to offer guidance and support through this process.

We are open to individuals with a personal and/or family history of cancer. We will help you understand the role that heredity plays in cancer development and the possibility that a gene may be responsible for your family's history of cancer. We'll also discuss genetic testing options if indicated, as well as cancer screenings and risk-reduction options.

Genetic Counselors:

  • Evaluate personal and family history
  • Conduct a cancer risk analysis and calculation
  • Discuss benefits, limitations and costs of genetic testing, including issues of privacy, confidentiality, and discrimination
  • Explore the medical and psychosocial implications of cancer risk and genetic testing
  • Review medical management and screening options as recommended by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network or other nationally recognized organization and provide referral to our High Risk Cancer Genetics Clinic as appropriate
  • Facilitate genetic testing, when appropriate
  • Interpret genetic test results within context of personal and family history
  • Provide updates to appropriate families, when new genes are identified or additional testing becomes available
  • Provide referrals to psychosocial counseling and support services as needed
  • Offer community education regarding cancer genetics

Preliminary Questions:

  • Have two or more of your relatives had cancer?
  • Has the same type of cancer occurred in more than one relative on the same side of the family?
  • Has any individual in your family had more than one type of cancer?
  • Has anyone in your family been diagnosed with cancer under the age of 50?
  • Has a rare cancer or tumor occurred in an individual or several individuals within your family?
  • Have two or more separate tumors occurred in the same organ in any family member (for example, breast cancer in both breasts)?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, you may want to consider making an appointment with the genetic counselors.

Please Note:
Insurance coverage for genetic testing is variable. The genetic counselors can help guide you through this process and answer questions regarding insurance authorizations.

Contact Us:
If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us as we will help guide you in the right direction.

Genetic Counseling

Gail L. Martino, MS,CGC & Zöe Powis, MS, CGC
The University of Arizona Cancer Center
North Campus, Pitt Family Pavilion
Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
Phone: 520-694-0800
Fax: 520-694-0804

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If you answer yes to any of the questions below, you may consider making an appointment with a genetic counselor.

  • I have had cancer.

  • I have two or more first-degree relatives (parent, brother, sister, child) who have had cancer.

  • I have one first-degree relative and two or more second-degree relatives (grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew) on one side of my family who have had cancer.

  • I have one or more family members who were diagnosed with cancer before age 50.

  • I have one or more family members who have had cancer in paired organs (example: breasts, ovaries).

  • There is at least one man in my family who has had breast cancer.

  • There is a known genetic mutation, such as BRCA1 or BRCA2, in my family.

  • I am of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.