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Genetic Counseling

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center provides genetic counseling and testing services for people who have an increased risk for hereditary cancer. Based on your risk assessment, we can assist you in making informed medical decisions.

Genetic counseling involves discussing your personal and family history of cancer. The goal is to provide clear and clinically relevant information about genetic risk factors in a supportive and educational atmosphere.

Genetic testing allows us to examine specific genes known to increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer, which is key in the early detection of cancers in high-risk patients.

Who should have a visit with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Genetics Clinic?

  • Anyone who has a relative found to have a germline mutation in a cancer susceptibility gene
  • Individuals with a personal or family history of:
    • Certain cancers diagnosed under the age of 50 (breast, colorectal, uterine, prostate)
    • Ovarian, pancreatic, or metastatic prostate cancer diagnosed at any age
    • More than one primary cancer
    • Bilateral cancers (breast, kidney)
    • Rare presentations such as male breast cancer or triple negative breast cancer
    • Rare cancers or tumors such as neuroendocrine tumors
    • Tumor testing showing microsatellite instability, particularly colorectal or uterine cancer
    • Tumor testing suggestive of a hereditary cancer syndrome
    • Three or more of the same or related cancers on the same side of the family
    • Greater than 10 colon polyps
    • Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and breast, ovarian, or pancreatic cancer at any age

For more information about genetic counseling and testing or for a referral, please call (225) 215-0195.
Fax: (225) 215-1657.

Meet the Team

Victor Lin

Dr. Victor Lin is a medical oncologist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and also provides physician leadership for the Cancer Center’s clinical research and genetics programs. Dr. Lin completed his Sc.B. in Biochemistry with honors at Brown University before training in the NIH-supported Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, receiving both an MD and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology.

Ani Murphy

Ani Murphy, FNP-C, ACGN, CGRA

Ani Murphy is a family nurse practitioner, providing high-quality care and genetic counseling in Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Genetics Clinic. She has completed the City of Hope Intensive Course in Cancer Risk Assessment and is a member of their Clinical Cancer Genomics community of practice. Murphy also has a Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment Certification through the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc. and is certified as an advanced clinical genomics nurse through the Nurse Portfolio Credentialing Commission. She was the first nurse practitioner in the state to receive this credential.