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Genetic Counselling Services

Genetic Counselling Services


The JCC Cancer Risk Assesment Clinic

The purpose of the cancer genetics clinic is to provide multi-disciplinary cancer care to help promote risk reduction and early detection for those at increased cancer risk due to hereditary susceptibility. Our primary goal is to provide care to JCC patients and their families.

The Role of Cancer Genetic Counsellors

Genetic Counsellors meet with individuals who have a significant family history of cancer. They collect medical and family history information and conduct risk assessments to determine cancer risks. Genetic Counsellors help to coordinate hereditary cancer genetic testing when indicated. They may also discuss preventative screening and surgery options. Genetic counsellors may also provide support resources for individuals and families who are at an increased risk of cancer.

For more information about colon and ovarian cancer genetics at JCC please refer to the following link:

Medical Professional Podcasts

Cancer Genetics Basics

All cancer is genetic, meaning that it occurs because of genetic changes (i.e mutations), which can cause uncontrolled cell growth. We have two copies of every gene, one of each from our mother and one of each from our father. Sporadic cancer occurs when genetic changes occur at random or due to environmental factors (radiation, cigarette smoking, alcohol, etc). Hereditary cancer occurs when an individual inherits a gene mutation that increases their risk to develop cancer. Hereditary cancer is rare and only occurs 10-15% of the time. The most common inherited cancers include breast, ovarian and colon cancer although other types exist.


Scheduling an Appointment

An individual requires a referral from their primary care physician to be seen in Clinical Genetics. All referrals will be reviewed and triaged by a genetic counsellor. Individuals who are referred for risk assessment or genetic testing will meet with a genetic counsellor. Individuals who require intensified surveillance for a diagnosis of a hereditary cancer syndrome, or who are at increased cancer risk based on family or personal medical history, will be booked into a risk management clinic with a medical oncologist.

Referral Guidelines

Family Health Questionnaire

OBSP Requisition for High Risk Screening

Internet Resources


The Team

Kathleen Bell, MSc, CGC
Regional Cancer Program Diagnostic Assessment Manager
Assistant Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Oncology

Lorrie Lynch, MS, CGC
Genetic Counsellor

Corissa Androich, MS, CCGC, CGC
Genetic Counsellor

Megan Day, MS, CCGC, CGC
Genetic Counsellor

Louise Bordeleau, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Medical Oncologist
Associate Professor - Department of Oncology

Kevin  Zbuk, MD, FRCPC
Medical Oncologist
Assistant Professor - Department of Oncology

Sarah Lannigan, BSc
Genetic Assistant

Nadia Syer
Data Analyst

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