What is a Genetic Oncologist?
A Genetic Oncologist is a doctor who specialises in genetic causes of cancer, in particular hereditary cancer syndromes. Most genetic oncologists first trained as Medical Oncologist and some still diagnose and treat cancer.
By contrast, a Clinical Geneticist is a doctor, often a paediatrician, who has specialised in the diagnosis and management of genetic conditions, including birth defects, learning difficulties, inborn errors of metabolism and other conditions which may range from very rare to common (such as cystic fibrosis). Some clinical geneticists have a particular interest in hereditary cancer syndromes.
Dr Hilda High is a Genetic Oncologist. She is a Medical Oncologist who specialises in hereditary cancer syndromes.
At Sydney Cancer Genetics, we only diagnose and manage cancer related syndromes.