Pancreatic Cancer Genetics Program

The Pancreatic Cancer Center’s genetics program provides risk assessments and evaluations for people who may be at increased risk for pancreatic cancer because of an inherited genetic predisposition. Genetic testing can provide important information for detecting and treating pancreatic cancer, which can be more treatable when found early.

When you meet with one of our genetic counselors at Perlmutter Cancer Center, we review any family history of cancer and discuss genetic testing options and screening for pancreatic cancer. When indicated, we order testing, which includes blood tests; review your test results; and discuss any necessary management plans for you and your family members. Additional testing can include pancreatic cancer screening tests, such as CT or MRI scans.

Who Should Consider Genetic Testing for Pancreatic Cancer

If you have two or more family members who have had pancreatic cancer, you might benefit from meeting with one of our genetic counselors to discuss genetic testing.

If at least one person in the family has had pancreatic cancer, additional risk factors include the following:

  • a family member with breast cancer before age 50 or multiple family members with breast cancer at any age
  • a family member with ovarian cancer
  • a family member with colon or uterine cancer before age 50, or multiple family members with colon or uterine cancer