Welcome to the Cancer Genetics Clinic

The Cancer Genetics Clinic has been established at Blackrock Clinic by Prof David Gallagher, Consultant Oncologist and Medical Geneticist.

This service is supported by Eoin Hanney, Genetic Cousellor.

The Cancer Genetics Clinic

At the Cancer Genetics Clinic, an initial hereditary cancer risk assessment is carried out by a Genetic Counsellor. The patient’s personal and family history is taken and their risk of having an inherited pre-disposition to cancer is assessed. Patients with a suspicious personal and/or family history of cancer may be offered genetic testing in line with established criteria. Not all patients seen at the genetic clinic will be eligible for genetic testing. 

For those undertaking genetic testing, pre-test genetic counselling is important so that the patient fully understands the implications that genetic testing may have for themselves and their relatives.

Benefits of attending the Cancer Genetics Clinic

Genetic testing in patients who currently have cancer or have had cancer in the past can help to direct treatment, clarify future cancer risks and provide other family members with information about their cancer risk.

If a faulty gene known to cause an increased risk of cancer is identified in a family, genetic testing can be offered to unaffected family members. This allows relatives to clarify their cancer risks and take screening and surgical options to reduce their cancer risk and promote early diagnosis.

How to access this service

Please contact your GP or Consultant if you feel you may meet the criteria and wish to be referred for this service.

Costs & Cover

VHI will cover the cost of genetic testing for certain hereditary cancer genes under some of their plans. Please find more information on their website: https://www.vhi.ie/members/genetic-testing. Referrals must be made via GP or Consultant.

The Cancer Genetics Clinic at Blackrock Clinic will also accept referrals for non-VHI patients for cancer risk assessment and genetic testing on a private basis.