The clinic’s purpose is to provide individuals and families information on the following:

  • how predisposition to cancer can be inherited
  • how family history of cancer affects the risk for developing cancer
  • whether or not the cancer in the family is likely to be inherited
  • risk estimate for family members who have not developed cancer
  • recommendations for medical screening
  • whether genetic testing is appropriate
  • informed consent for genetic testing


Who Should Consider a Genetic Consultation?

he majority of cancer occurrences do not occur as a result of a familial tendency or an inherited genetic change; consequently, a genetic evaluation is not typically recommended for most individuals diagnosed with cancer. However, about 5-10% of cancer diagnoses involve genetic or inherited factors. In these cases, genetic evaluation and counseling may be recommended.

Eligible individuals and/or families may have:

  • cancer diagnosed at an early age
  • multiple close biological relatives with cancer
  • biological relatives in two or more generations with cancer
  • more than one primary cancer
  • family members who have developed a rare or unusual cancer or combination of cancers

Clinic Information & Staff

Questions: Please contact 317-944-3966

Indiana Familial Cancer Program Staff:

Gail H. Vance, MD
Sutphin Professor for Cancer Genetics
Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics
Director, Indiana Familial Cancer Program

Wilfredo Torres, MD
Clinical Associate Professor,
Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics

Cindy Hunter, MS, CGC
License Certified Genetic Counselor,
Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics

Clinic Locations

Medical and Molecular Genetics Department
Indiana University Health, University Hospital
Link to walking directions

IU Health North Hospital
Coordinated Cancer Care Services
11700 N Meridian St., Carmel

St. Mary’s Regional Genetics Clinic
Evansville, IN

Make a Referral or Appointment

Physician Offices:

To make a referral, please call 317-944-3966.  
Information may also be faxed to 317-274-2387.


To make an appointment in the Medical and Molecular Genetics Department, please call 317-944-3966.  

To make an appointment at the IU Health North Hospital, please call 317-688-5155.

For appointments in Evansville, call 317-944-3966.

Prepare for Clinic Visit

A genetic evaluation requires an evaluation of the family history. As a result, we request that the family history questionnaire form be completed and returned to us prior to the appointment. 

In order to ensure as accurate an evaluation as possible, the cancer diagnoses of family members must be documented. Documentation can be accomplished by requesting pathology reports, autopsy reports,other medical records related to the cancer, or death certificates. An information sheet explaining how to document a family history is available. We can also provide medical record release forms. For assistance please call 317-944-3966.

Your health plan may require a referral from a primary care physician. If so, the referral must be approved and completed prior to the appointment.

Forms and information

Family History Questionaire (FHQ)--This form documents the medical history of the patient and family members.

In order to participate in the Indiana Familial Cancer Registry, an informed consent and authorization form are required. Participation in the Registry is voluntary and is not necessary to be seen in the Indiana Familial Cancer Clinic.

Information for obtaining medical records and death certificates.

What Will Occur During an Appointment?

During your consultation you will meet with a genetic counselor and a medical geneticist. Consultations typically last 1 to 1 ½ hours.

Discussion at the appointment will include:

      • Personal medical history
      • Family history (of at least 3 generations) with emphasis on cancer diagnoses in biological family members
      • Risk assesment based on medical and family history information
      • Explanation of cancer genetics and how predisposition for cancer can be inherited
      • Medical screening recommendations
      • Assessment of the appropriateness of genetic testing
      • Discussion of the risks, benefits and limitations of genetic testing
      • Coordination of genetic testing, if appropriate
Department of Medical / Molecular Genetics
Indiana University School of Medicine
975 W. Walnut Street, #130
Indianapolis, IN 46202