We study the genetics of GU cancers in families and groups. The Utah Population Database and a large bank of tissue samples are our best resources in this research. We also use the latest technology to discover more about these cancers, down to the molecules that make them up. Our research aims to show how family medical history and factors from the environment can raise the risk of getting GU cancers.
Our genetics expertise helps us find out who has a higher risk and needs special care to prevent cancer. We have a Prostate Cancer Risk Clinic for men who have a high risk to get these cancers. Our doctors and genetic counselors create personal cancer screening plans. They also provide follow-up care.
HCI is the only clinical care center for people with Von Hippel Lindau syndrome (VHL) in the northwestern United States. VHL is an inherited disease that causes non-cancer tumors and cysts in many body locations. It also increases the risk for kidney cancer. Our clinical center lets VHL patients get all screening and treatment in one place with our VHL experts. We help patients find and participate in research studies and clinical trials for VHL, as well as other diseases.