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University of Chicago Medicine physicians are leaders in the study of familial risk for blood cancers (hematologic malignancies).
In some cases, blood cancers — leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), lymphoma and multiple myeloma — are related to inherited genetic factors. Among these, the genes responsible for inherited forms of acute leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome are the best characterized. For example, the following three genes are known to cause inherited forms of MDS and acute leukemia:
Our Hematologic Malignancies Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic offers personalized risk assessment for patients and families who may be at increased risk for developing cancers of the blood due to genetic factors. Our services include:
Evaluation and risk assessment are offered for individuals or families who have the following in their medical history:
As an avid poker player, Craig Clark is well acquainted with the expression “playing the hand you’re dealt.” But it wasn’t until he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) three years ago that Craig, 63, came to appreciate the full meaning of those five little words.