Cancer Risk Evaluation Program (CREP)
If you’re concerned about your risks for developing breast, ovarian cancer, colorectal or other hereditary cancers, the experts in our Cancer Risk Evaluation Program (CREP) can help. Our doctors and nurses will provide information, evaluation, genetic counseling, and genetic testing, if appropriate, to assist in developing a realistic opinion of your risk status. As an affiliate of the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, our Cancer Risk Evaluation Program Coordinator, Donna Lamp, RN, BSN, CCM and Medical Director, Dr. Marc A. Rovito, work collaboratively with Penn State Hershey Medical Geneticist, Maria Baker, Ph.D. and your physicians to review your personal and family history, create a cancer- incidence pedigree (family tree), and offer recommendations for follow-up.
Our experienced oncology professionals will:
- Determine your risk for developing a hereditary cancer;
- Assist in developing a realistic opinion of a woman’s breast cancer risk status;
- Recommend a plan for ongoing screening and risk reduction approaches;
- Help women understand current breast health management issues and research studies related to breast cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment;
- Explain the genetics of breast cancer and, when indicated, provide counseling and access to genetic testing;
- Provide access to appropriate clinical research studies related to breast health or genetic testing consideration for women found to be at high risk;
- Recommend a plan for ongoing screening and risk reduction approaches for individuals with Lynch Syndrome and other known cancer-related genetic syndromes; and,
- Collaborate with medical oncology specialists, surgeons, and pathologists in order to identify individuals at risk for Lynch Syndrome, which include cancers such as colorectal, uterine and or ovarian, and based on personal and family history, provide screening and risk reduction strategies for these patients and their families.
Click here for more information on the CREP Program and to view our CREP brochure. To make an appointment to meet with our Cancer Risk Evaluation Program Coordinator, call 610-378-2457 or 610-378-2117.
Go to www.facingourrisk.org to learn more about area support groups and FORCE—“Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered” – the only national nonprofit organization devoted to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer whose mission includes support, education, advocacy, awareness, and research specific to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. FORCE programs serve anyone with a BRCA mutation or a family history of cancer.
In the Fall 2013 edition of Women2Women, Coordinator for the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at St. Joe’s, Donna Lamp, RN, CSN, CCM, highlights breast cancer awareness in an article called Pink Passion in October. Click here for more.