CANCER GENETIC COUNSELING SERVICE
KARMANOS CANCER INSTITUTE

About five to ten percent of common cancers, such as breast and colon cancer, are inherited or run in families. People with an inherited predisposition tend to develop specific types of cancer at an earlier age than usual, are at increased risk of developing two or more tumors and may be at risk for developing more than one type of cancer. In addition, their relatives may also have an increased risk of cancer. The Cancer Genetic Counseling Service identifies individuals and families with an inherited predisposition to cancer and offers information about the nature and magnitude of their risk. Thoughtful discussions regarding the benefits and limitations of genetic testing are also provided. Identification of those with an inherited predisposition to cancer leads to increased cancer surveillance and a discussion of risk reduction strategies.



Michael Simon, MD, MPH. Dr. Simon is the Multidisciplinary Breast Team Leader and the Director of the Cancer Genetic Counseling Service. He obtained his MD from the University of Illinois and Master's of Public Health (Epidemiology) from the University of Michigan . He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Michigan and is board-certified in both. Dr. Simon's research interests include identifying factors that affect racial and ethnic differences in cancer screening, risk and mortality and is active in using the Women's Health Initiative dataset to address cancer related questions.  He recently received the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation 2012 McDevitt Excellence in Research Award in the area of clinical research.   



Nancie Petrucelli, MS, CGC. Ms. Petrucelli is the Coordinator and Senior Genetic Counselor of the Cancer Genetic Counseling Service at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. She received her Master of Science at the University of Cincinnati and is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Prior to her arrival at Karmanos, she began her genetic counseling career at the Yale Cancer Center in New Haven and then developed the Cancer Genetics Program at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and has served as co-chair of the National Society of Genetic Counselors Cancer Special Interest Group. She has also served as co-chair of the Michigan Cancer Genetics Alliance and was a member of the Michigan Cancer Consortium, Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Management Task Force. She is actively involved in both education and research, as she is an instructor at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and has published independent research.



Tessa Paling, MS, CGC.  Ms. Paling is a genetic counselor in the Cancer Genetic Counseling Service at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.  She received her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Wayne State University and her Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario. She currently provides genetic counseling and risk assessment to individuals who are at an increased risk for a hereditary predisposition to cancer.  Past research includes looking at the effect of BRCA1/2 splice site mutations and evaluating the efficacy of genetic testing for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome in the province of Ontario.



Gerald Feldman, MD, PhD. Dr. Feldman sees patients in the Cancer Genetic Counseling Service.



Angela Trepanier, MS, CGC. Ms. Trepanier sees patients in the Cancer Genetic Counseling Service.






Genetic Counseling Graduate Program
Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics
Wayne State University School of Medicine
3127 Scott Hall
540 E. Canfield Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Administrative Office:
(313) 577-6298
Fax: (313) 577-9137
Email: lknight@med.wayne.edu


 

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