HCA Midwest Health - December 12, 2017

Where can I find a doctor who is familiar with BRCA mutations and the risk involved with those?

At HCA Midwest Health, our hospitals include our Breast Cancer Prevention Programs, where you and your doctors can manage your personal risks of developing breast cancer and create individualized screening plans. Many women who have increased cancer risks related to inherited genetic mutations start here.

Four of our hospitals are accredited which means we provide comprehensive care with a team-based approach to breast disease. That approach can start with a doctor, a nurse or a genetic counselor. We have many ways to get you the right guidance:

  • BRCA gene mutations (BRCA1 or BRCA2) DO raise the risk of several cancers, including breast cancer (in both men and women), ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, melanoma and even pancreatic cancer in some families. Our are board-certified and have many years of clinical experience with patients and the study of genetics. They are experienced in helping individuals and their families navigate their way through the complex health system. That may include finding the right physician to continue your care. It may also include further testing for other family members. Call (816) 751-3775 for more information about genetic counseling or to make an appointment.
  • Our online Physician Resource Finder lets you do the research and find a doctor that meets your needs. You can search by location or specialty and even schedule your appointment online for many providers.
  • The MyMidwest Physician website is another resource to find and research physicians, get detailed information about their specialties and more.
  • If you are not sure what you need, you can speak with a registered nurse about cancer related questions, connect with a patient navigator, or find out how to schedule a cancer screening by calling AskSARAH at (877) 371-7274. AskSARAH is available free of charge. Our registered nurses are standing by and will be happy to help you.

When faced with BRCA testing or cancer risk questions, remember that you have local resources right in your neighborhood to help. At HCA Midwest Health, our experts are here to help guide you along the way.