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Pediatric Cancer Predisposition

If a parent has a family history of cancer, having a child screened for cancer predisposition is an important step toward possible prevention or more effective treatment. Knowing that a child is genetically predisposed to cancer can help health care experts provide better outcomes.

The Cancer Predisposition Program at Monroe Carell partners with the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s Hereditary Cancer Program to provide genetic testing, cancer risk information for other family members, screening for cancer and advice on individualizing cancer treatment.

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Some cancer predisposition syndromes include:

Meet Your Care Team

Daniel J. Benedetti

Daniel J. BenedettiMD, MA

    Leukemia and Lymphoma, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Sarcoma, Solid Organ Malignancies
Debra L. Friedman

Debra L. FriedmanMD, MS

    Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, General Hematology and Oncology, Leukemia and Lymphoma, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Solid Organ Malignancies

Why Choose Care for Cancer Predisposition at Monroe Carell

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    Medical home

    Our program provides a medical home for children, adolescents and young adults with suspected or confirmed cancer predisposition syndromes. When needed, we look for clues to find cancer before your child has symptoms. We also coordinate timely evaluation of symptoms that could be signs of cancer, so that your child promptly gets the care they need. 

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    Integrated care

    In collaboration with the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute, our team of pediatric oncologists, cancer geneticists and genetic counselors work together to provide your child with fully integrated care.

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    Advanced testing

    Our team of pediatric oncologists, cancer geneticists and genetic counselors work together to provide access to state-of-the art tests for cancer predisposition syndromes. Using that information, we develop individualized plans for cancer screening and treatment.

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    Referrals to specialists

    We refer to other Vanderbilt specialists as needed for any condition associated with your child's cancer predisposition.


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Nashville, TN 37212
2200 Children's Way, 6th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
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