John Stoddard Cancer Center
1221 Pleasant Street, Ste. 590
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Call in a referral at 515-241-3343
Fax a written order to 515-241-4271
Email a request for testing to firstname.lastname@example.org
The John Stoddard Cancer Center established the
genetic testing program to help central Iowans evaluate their personal
risk for developing cancer and to learn about steps they can take to
prevent it. Through a simple blood test, we can determine whether or not
individuals carry a mutated gene that causes breast, ovarian or
colorectal cancer, or are at higher risk for related cancers.
Genetic testing is designed for individuals who may
be at an increased risk of cancer due to a medical or genetic condition,
or those that have multiple occurrences of cancer in their family
(i.e., a family history of breast cancer).
If an individual tests "positive" for the genetic
mutation, an appropriate risk reduction plan is developed with a trained
counselor, which may include careful monitoring or periodic screening
tests; changes in diet, exercise or other lifestyle factors; and the use
of cancer prevention agents.
Genetic testing is covered by many insurance
companies. Physician referral and order is required. Information that
will be collected includes your name, phone number, address, age, family
history of cancers and why you feel you are at high risk for cancer.
John Stoddard Cancer Center offers a Genetic Counseling Program if
you'd like to discuss your personal and/or family history of cancer.
This is done to determine your risk of having a genetic alteration and
can help you decide if genetic testing is right for you.