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High-Risk Assessment and Cancer Prevention

 

Our Team: Emily Kuchinsky, MS, CGC, Dr. Yvonne Ottaviano, MD, and Kristie Davalli, CRNP (left to right)

Assess | Prevent | Survive

The key to more effectively treating all types of cancers is catching it as early as possible. The new High-Risk Assessment and Cancer Prevention program is dedicated to identifying and caring for individuals who have an increased risk of cancer due to family history, medical and genetic factors, and/or lifestyle influences. Our clinical team is a multidisciplinary team of experts who are committed to providing you the best care possible. The diversified team includes medical oncologists, gastroenterologists, gynecologists, surgeons, nurses, and a dedicated cancer genetic counselor.

Assess | Prevent | Survive is the mantra and driving theme of how our team will systematically walk you through every step of the process. If you feel there is even a small chance you might be at risk for developing any types of cancers, or you are just looking for preventive peace of mind, contact us today to talk about your options. To contact our team call 877-715-HOPE.


Why Choose the High-Risk Cancer and Prevention Clinic?

This multidisciplinary clinic is the first of its kind in the Baltimore area specifically designed to provide people at high risk for cancer a comprehensive evaluation, unique prevention plan, and targeted risk reduction. Our state-of-the-art facility and hand-selected staff of expert specialists will help you to Assess your risk factors, Prevent where possible, and help empower you to Survive cancer.

Assess: Our genetic counselor and physicians will utilize genetic testing, as well as personal and family history, to assess the cancer risk for you and your family members. Early detection can be vital to the success of your treatment and reduction plans.

Prevent: Our dedicated team will spend time with you during your visit educating you and your family on preventive measures you can take to monitor your cancer risks, diagnose as early as possible, and in many cases, prevent from ever arising.

Survive: Cancer “previvors” are individuals who are survivors of a predisposition to cancer, but who haven’t had the disease. Unfortunately, this group is often left to make decisions on their own, as resources and help are not available to meet their unique needs. As one of the driving forces behind the creation of this center, our team provides support and guidance to this group to empower them to make decisions and take control of their health and lives.

Who Should Reach Out for More Information?

  • Early detection and preventive cancer strategies are the cornerstones to managing and effectively facing cancer. If you meet one or more of the following conditions, we recommend reaching out to our team to discuss your options:
  •  A close adult relative has been diagnosed at a young age (less than 50 years old)
  • You have more than one blood relative with the same type of cancer
  • Someone in your family has more than one type of cancer
  • A male member of your family has been diagnosed with breast cancer
  • You are related to someone who has an inherited mutation known to cause cancer. Taking the next step is easy and could be vital to the health of you and your family members.
  • Personal or family history of ovarian cancer 

If you matched with any one or multiple of the above statements, or are just looking for some preventive peace of mind, contact us today at 1-877-715-HOPE to talk about your options. 

For a physician referral, please call 1-877-715-HOPE.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

In The News

New high-risk breast cancer clinic aims to educate about the disease


Patient Story

Anna-Lisa Marcum inherited her mother's laughter, her grandmother's eyes and her aunt's passion for the outdoors. But through genetic testing, she learned she also inherited the BRCA cancer gene. Anna-Lisa doesn't have cancer. Instead, the 40-year-old mother of two has a full team of experts at the High Risk Assessment and Cancer Prevention Program tailoring a prevention plan the minimizes her risks. Click here to watch the full patient story.

Meet Our Team

 

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Dr. Yvonne Ottaviano, MD

Chief of Medical Oncology

Yvonne L. Ottaviano, MD, is chief of medical oncology and director of breast oncology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Board certified, Dr. Ottaviano is fellowship-trained with more than 20 years of experience treating all types of cancer. Her clinical interests include breast cancer prevention and treatment and genetic risk assessments. A member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Dr. Ottaviano serves as principal investigator for many of the breast cancer clinical trials at the hospital. She conducts research that provides patients access to cutting edge therapies not available elsewhere. She also participates in mission trips to South America to care for those in need of breast cancer treatment. Dr. Ottaviano, MD, was named a 2016 "Top Doc" by Baltimore Magazine for breast oncology.

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Emily Kuchinsky, MS, CGC

Certified Genetic Counselor

Emily Kuchinsky, MS, CGC, is a certified genetic counselor and coordinator of the cancer risk assessment and counseling program for the MedStar Health Cancer Network. Ms. Kuchinsky has been consulting with patients and their families regarding genetic health concerns for more than 10 years. She conducts cancer risk assessments for patients and families with a personal and/or family history of cancer, as well as genetic testing if the likelihood of a cancer genetic syndrome is high. Ms. Kuchinsky is an integral part of the oncology services offered through the MedStar Health Cancer Network, participating in multiple tumor boards per week and providing input as to which patients should undergo a cancer risk assessment. She also conducts community outreach to educate consumers, as well as other healthcare providers, about cancer genetics. Certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling, Ms. Kuchinsky holds a master’s degree from the University of Arizona in genetic counseling. Her services are available at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

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Kristie Davalli, CRNP

Medical Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Kristie Davalli, CRNP, is a certified registered nurse. She is board certified by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She trained at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, and brings experience with traumatically injured and critically ill patients. Along with the medical oncologist, Kristie follows patients from initial consultation and follow up, to survivorship. She is actively working to build the Survivorship Program to help patients with the transition from active treatment to enjoying life after cancer diagnosis. Kristie sees patients at the Weinberg Cancer Institute, as well as the MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.