Cancer Predisposition Program

About 16,000 children under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States, and researchers now estimate that at least 10 percent of childhood cancers have a hereditary basis. To harness the growing understanding of hereditary factors in childhood cancer, we created the Cancer Predisposition Program in 2005. CHOP’s program uses the latest advances in technology to provide genetic testing, genetic counseling and cancer surveillance, and thus improve the outlook for children with a genetic predisposition to develop cancer.

Our Team

Health professionals from pediatric oncology, medical genetics, hematology, neurology, endocrinology, genetic counseling, social work, psychology and nursing form a team that addresses the needs of children with genetic cancer predisposition.