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Empowering families through genetic testing

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The Pediatric and Young Adult Cancer Predisposition Clinic at UK Kentucky Children’s Hospital provides multidisciplinary care to children and families who are at increased risk of developing cancer. 

About 10 percent of all cancers in children are caused by an inherited mutation, and our goal is to identify children with increased risk of cancer to be able to care for them in a comprehensive way. 

Our services

A genetic counselor specializing in cancer genetics will help your family decide when to pursue genetic testing, identify who in the family should be tested first, and determine other relatives who might also need genetic testing or counseling. 

A pediatric cancer specialist will then provide an evaluation and discuss risk, benefits and possible outcomes of genetic testing. Then our team will develop an individualized plan to monitor for early signs of cancer and facilitate referrals to other pediatric subspecialists for additional monitoring.

Our patients

We see children, adolescents and young adults through 29 years of age with diseases that put them at an increased risk of developing cancer early in life, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
  • Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome
  • DICER1 syndrome 
  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia
  • Polyposis syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis syndrome (FAP), juvenile polyposis syndrome (JPS) and Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS)
  • Fanconi anemia

If you have questions about the Pediatric and Young Adult Cancer Predisposition Clinic, please contact genetic counseling at 859-323-2798 or the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic at 859-257-4554.

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