Genetic Counseling, Centers in Switzerland

What is genetic counseling?

The purpose of genetic counseling is to help people understand the genetic contribution to disease.  The identification of hereditary risk of developing a medical condition may allow for preventive measures where possible.

Predispositions to certain cancers can run in families. This may manifest as an accumulation of certain cancer types. One example is the combination of breast and ovarian cancer within one family. The predisposition to these diseases is caused by an error in the DNA (mutation) and can be transmitted to the individual’s children.

How genetic counseling and testing are done

The likelihood of a genetic predisposition to cancer in an individual can be estimated based on the personal and family history of cancer and specific characteristics (i.e., which types of cancer occurred at what age).  Depending on the level of this risk, and in accordance with the individual being counselled, a genetic test may be proposed.  In order to avoid billing problems, an application can be made to the health insurance provider to approve the cost of genetic analysis prior to testing.  It can take several weeks for the application to be processed by the health insurer and the testing to be completed.

 The test itself involves no more than a blood sample. However, it must always be accompanied by explanation of the implications for the individual being tested and their family.  In the counseling session, the results of the test and the possible consequences are discussed.

Counseling centers in Switzerland

Swiss law contains specific provisions on genetic testing in humans (Federal Act on Human Genetic Testing HGTA).

Genetic testing may only be carried out if comprehensive counseling has been provided beforehand by a specially qualified doctor and the person has given their informed consent. Counseling of this kind may only be provided by doctors who have a qualification in medical genetics (Swiss Society of Medical Genetics, SGMG) or are members of the Network for Cancer Predisposition Testing and Counseling, CPTC of the Swiss Group for Clinical Cancer Research (SAKK).

Medical genetics specialists (SGMG) provide counseling on all hereditary diseases, while the members of the SAKK CPTC network counsel patients and families with hereditary predisposition to cancer.

The list of members in the CPTC network is shown at the bottom of this page.

Requesting counseling

If you would like to receive genetic counseling, you can ask your doctor (preferably your family doctor or gynecologist) to refer you or you can contact a counseling center directly.

You can find here the contact information of the SAKK network's centres that deliver genetic counseling and evaluation for cancer predisposition testing according to the regulation of the Krankenpflege Leistungsverordnung (KVL) / Ordonnance sur les prestations de l’assurance des soins (OPAS) / Ordinanza sulle prestazioni (OPre) art. 12, let. f.

Aargau

Kantonsspital Aarau AG
Medizinische Genetik / Brustzentrum
Tellstrasse 25
5001 Aarau
Responsible :
Dr. med Cecilia Bracco
Dr. med. Anna Tina Casanova
Dr. med. Gabi Landmann
Kantonsspital Baden AG, Interdisziplinäres Brustzentrum
Im Ergel 1
5404 Baden
Responsible :
Prof. Dr. med. Martin L. Heubner
PD. Dr. med. Cornelia Leo
Christine Paul
Kantonsspital Baden AG, Zentrum Onkologie / Hämatologie
Im Ergel 1
5404 Baden
Responsible :
Dr. med. Clemens Caspar
Dr. med. Tilly Nothhelfer
Dr. med. Stefanie Pederiva
Hirslanden Klinik Aarau
Schänisweg/Rain 34
5001 Aarau
Responsible :
Dr. Justyna Aleksandra Polowy
Gesundheitszentrum Fricktal
Frauenklinik
Riburgerstrasse 12
4310 Rheinfelden
Responsible :
Dr. med. Stefanie Stirnberg

Bern

Brustzentrum Bern Biel
Brustzentrum
Schänzlistrasse 33
3013 Bern
Responsible :
PD Dr. med. Gabriella Pichert
PD Dr. med. Marco Siano
Dr. med. Lukas von Rohr
Inselspital Bern - Brustzentrum
Brustzentrum
Theodor-Kocher-Haus Friedbühlstrasse 19
3010 Bern
Responsible :
Dr. med. Laura Knabben
Dr. med. Manuela Rabaglio-Poretti
Inselspital Bern, Universitätsklinik für Medizinische Onkologie
Ambulatorium und Poliklinik
Lory-Haus (Eingang B4) Freiburgstrasse 41G
3010 Bern
Responsible :
Dr. med. Manuela Rabaglio-Poretti
Dr. med. Amina Scherz
Seeland Cancer Center
Hans-Hugi-Strasse 3
2502 Biel
Responsible :
PD Dr. med. Marco Siano
Phone : +41 (0)32 327 08 08
Spital STS AG Thun
Krankenhausstrasse 12
3600 Thun
Responsible :
Dr. med. Andreas Hochstrasser
Dr. med. Nurgül Usluoglu
Spitalzentrum Biel - Gastroenterologie
Gastroenterologie
Vogelsang 84
2501 Biel
Responsible :
Dr. med. PhD Henrik Csaba Horvath
Spitalzentrum Biel - Medinzinische Onkologie
Vogelsang 84
2501 Biel
Responsible :
MScN, RN Rosmarie Bührer-Landolt
Dr. med. Yojena Kurian
PD Dr. med. Dr. phil. Martin Zweifel
SRO AG, Spital Langenthal
Onkologie
St. Urbanstrasse 67
4900 Langenthal
Responsible :
Dr. med. hanna Barmettler
Dr. med. Narcisa Gebbers

Basel

Aeschenpraxis
Gynäkologie
Aeschenvorstadt 21
4051 Basel
Responsible :
PD Dr. med. Nicole Bürki
Phone : 061 271 75 75
Universitätsspital Basel
Gynäkologische Onkologie
Petersgraben 4
4056 Basel
Responsible :
PD Dr. med. Nicole Bürki
Dr. med. Dörte Schaefer-Rohr
Universitätsspital Basel - Institut für Medizinische Genetik
Schönbeinstrasse 40
4031 Basel
Responsible :
Prof. Dr. med., Dr. phil. II Karl Heinimann
Phone : +41 61 265 36 20

Fribourg

Cabinet privé
Cabinet privé
Route du Jura 43
1700 Fribourg
Responsible :
Prof. Dr. med. Daniel Schorderet
Phone : +41 76 552 23 85

Geneva

Cabinet Médical
Cabinet Médical
3 rue de Villereuse
1207 Genève
Responsible :
Prof. Dr. med. Daniel Schorderet
Dr. med. François Taban
Phone : +41 22 700 15 07
Centre Médical de Plainpalais
Rue de Carouge 24
1205 Genève
Responsible :
Dr. Valentina Mercanti
Hôpitaux Universitaires Genève HUG
Unité d’oncogénétique
Boulevard de la Cluse 30
1205 Genève
Responsible :
Prof. Dr. med. Pierre O. Chappuis
Phone : +41 22 372 98 53
Vein Clinic - Centre de Gynécologie et Sénologie de Champel
Vein Clinic - Centre de Gynécologie et Sénologie de Champel
Avenue de Champel 24
1206 Genève
Responsible :
Dr. Thaleia Voreopoulou
Phone : + 41 22 347 38 83

Glarus

Kantonsspital Glarus
Kantonsspital Glaurs - Onkologie
Burgstrasse 99
8750 Glarus

Grisons

Kantonsspital Graubünden
Onkologie / Hämatologie
Loëstrasse 170
7000 Chur
Responsible :
Dr. med. Sara Bastian
Dr.med. Angela Fischer
Dr. med. Ursula Hasler-Strub
PD Dr. med. Dirk Kienle
PD Dr. med. Nerbil Kilic
Prof. em. Dr. med. Hansjakob Müller
Dr. med. Michael Schwitter
Prof. Dr. med. Roger von Moos
Phone : +41 81 265 66 46
Tumorzentrum ZeTuP Chur
Masanserstrasse 2
7000 Chur
Responsible :
Prof. Dr. med. Katja Zirlik
Phone : +41 81 257 01 30
Website : www.zetup.ch

Lucerne

Brustzentrum Luzerner Kantonsspital
Seidenhofstrasse 9
6003 Luzern
Responsible :
Dr. med. Kathrin Schwedler
gyn-zentrum AG
Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe
Haldenstrasse 11
6006 Luzern
Responsible :
Dr. med. Nadja Ballabio
Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Günthert
Dr. med. Silvia Rauch-Wicki
Phone : +41 41 419 03 03
Hirslanden Klinik St. Anna
Brustzentrum St. Anna
St. Anne-Strasse 32
6006 Luzern
Responsible :
PD Dr. med. Peter Dubsky
Luzerner Kantonsspital Standort Sursee
Medizinische Onkologie
Spitalstrasse 16b
6210 Sursee
Luzerner Kantonsspital
Medizinische Onkologie
Spitalstrasse
6000 Luzern 16
Responsible :
Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Paul Aebi
Dr. med. Sandra Schmid
Phone : +41 41 205 58 60
Praxis Dr. med. Agnes Burger
Praxis Burger Sursee Luzern
Altstadtgasse 1
6210 Sursee
Responsible :
Dr. med. Ulrike Knödlstorfer
Phone : +41 41 920 14 15
Email : uk-gyn@hin.ch

St.Gallen

Brustzentrum Ostschweiz AG
Schuppisstrasse 10
9016 St. Gallen
Responsible :
Dr. med. Rahel Hiltebrand
PD Dr. med. et scient. med. Michael Knauer
Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Ruhstaller
Dr. med. Patrik Weder
Phone : +41 71 552 33 33
Brustzentrum St. Gallen, Standort Grabs
Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe
44 Spitalstrasse
9472 Grabs
Responsible :
Dr.med. Anna Berlinger
Kantonsspital St.Gallen - Brustzentrum
Rorschacherstrasse 95
9007 St. Gallen
Responsible :
PD Dr. med. Inga Bekes
Dr. med. Gesa Isensee
Dr. med. Pagona Markellou
Dr. med. Susan Rassouli
Tamara Rordorf
Dr. med. Christine Strub
Kantonsspital St. Gallen - Ambulatorium Onkologie/Hämatologie
Ambulatorium Onkologie/Hämatologie
Rorschacherstrasse 95
9007 St. Gallen
Responsible :
PD Dr. med. Thomas Hundsberger
PD Dr. med. Aurelius Omlin
Dr. med. Christian Weisshaupt
Phone : +41 71 494 10 62
VADIANA Praxis für Onkologie, St. Gallen
Vadianstrasse 31
9000 St. Gallen
Responsible :
Dr. med. Isabella Schönenberger
Phone : +41 71 222 55 66
rundum – Onkologie am Bahnhofpark
Bahnhofpark 2b
7320 Sargans
Responsible :
Dr. med. Stefan Greuter
Phone : +41 81 720 06 20
Email : rundum@hin.ch
Spital Linth
Frauenklinik
Gasterstrasse 25
8730 Uznach
Responsible :
Dr. med. Stefanie Huggle
Tumor- und Brustzentrum ZeTuP St. Gallen
Rorschacher Strasse 150
9006 St. Gallen
Responsible :
Dr. med. Barbara Bolliger
Dr med. Salome Riniker
Phone : +41 71 243 00 43
Email : info@zetup.ch
Tumorzentrum ZeTuP Rapperswil-Jona
Brust und Tumorzentrum
Alte Jonastrasse 24
8640 Rapperswil
Responsible :
Dr. med. Matthias Egger

Schaffhausen

Kantonsspital Schaffhausen
Gynäkologie-Brustzentrum
Geissbergstrasse 81
8208 Schaffhausen
Responsible :
Dr. med. Deborah Admaty
Dr. med. Michael Schneider
Phone : +41 52 634 23 44

Solothurn

Kantonsspital Olten
Onkologiezentrum
Baslerstrasse 150
4600 Olten
Responsible :
Dr. med. Walter Mingrone
Dr. med. Catrina Uhlmann Nussbaum

Thurgau

Spital Thurgau AG
Frauenklinik
Spitalcampus 1
8596 Münsterlingen
Responsible :
Dr. med. Markus Kuther

Ticino

Istituto Oncologico della Svizzera Italiana (IOSI)
High Risk Clinic - Oncogenetics
Via Capelli 1
6962 Viganello-Lugano
Responsible :
Dr. med. Rossella Graffeo
Phone : +41 91 811 75 60

Vaud

Cabinet Privé
Cabinet Privé
Rue de la Vigie 5 c/o UNILABS
1003 Lausanne
Responsible :
Prof. Dr. med. Daniel Schorderet
Phone : +41 76 552 23 85
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois CHUV
Service de Médecine Génétique/ Service of Genetic Medecine
Avenue Pierre Decker 5
1011 Lausanne
Responsible :
Dre MSc Antonia Digklia
PD Dr. med. Sheila Unger
Phone : +41 21 314 32 00
Email : gen@chuv.ch

Valais

Hôpital du Valais
Service de génétique
Avenue Grand-Champsec 80
1951 Sion
Responsible :
Dr. med. Véronique Membrez-Antonioli

Zug

Brust Zentrum Hirslanden Kliniken Aarau Cham Zug
Rigistrasse 1
6330 Cham
Responsible :
Dr. med. Meinrad Mannhart
Onko- Hämatologisches Zentrum Zug
Onkologie / Hämatologie
Rigistrasse 1
6330 Cham
Responsible :
Dr. med. Meinrad Mannhart
Phone : +41 41 784 08 84
Email : ohz@hin.ch

Zurich

Brustzentrum Zürich
Genetische Beratung
Seefeldstrasse 214
8008 Zürich
Responsible :
Dr. med. Katharina Leunig
Dr. med. Eliane Sarasin Ricklin
Phone : +41 44 533 81 00
Genetica / Analytica AG
Medizinisch-Genetisches Beratungszentrum
Falkenstrasse 14
8008 Zürich
Responsible :
Dr. med. Benno Röthlisberger
GZO Spital Wetzikon
Frauenklinik
Spitalstrase 66
8620 Wetzikon
Responsible :
Denise Beck
Dr. med. Cristian Bronz
Dr. med. Alexandra Kochanowski
Kantonsspital Winterthur
Medizinische Onkologie und Hämatologie
Brauerstrasse 15, Postfach 834
8401 Winterthur
Responsible :
Dr. med. Daniela Hagen
Dr. med. Andreas Müller
Dr. med. Ursina Zürrer
Klinik Hirslanden
Personalisierte Medizin
Witellikerstrasse 40
8032 Zürich
Responsible :
Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Szucs
Klinik für Hämatologie und Onkologie Hirslanden Zürich
Klinik für Hämatologie und Onkologie Hirslanden Zürich
Witellikerstrasse 40
8032 Zürich
Responsible :
PD Dr. Gabriella Pichert
Phone : +41 44 387 37 80
Website : www.kho.ch
Email : info@kho.ch
Privatklinik Bethanien
Gynäkologie
Toblerstrasse 51
8044 Zürich
Responsible :
Dr. med. Eliane Sarasin Ricklin
Phone : +41 43 268 29 99
Spital Limmattal
Frauenklinik
Urdorferstrasse 100
8952 Schlieren
Responsible :
Dr. Teresa Drobnitsch
Dr. med. Julia Ihrig
PD Dr. med. Dirk Kienle
Dr. med. Kathrin Kimmig
Spital Männedorf
Onkologie Zentrum
Asylstrasse 10
8708 Männedorf
Responsible :
Dr. med. Andreas Hochstrasser
Dr. med. Claudia S. Hutzli Schaltegger
Dr. med. Heike Pietge
Stadtspital Triemli Zürich
Medizinische Onkologie
Birmensdorferstrasse 497
8063 Zürich
TUCARE
Onkologie
Bannhaldenstrasse 7
8180 Bülach
Responsible :
Dr. med. Mark Haefner
Phone : +41 44 862 73 00
Website : www.tucare.ch
Universität Zürich
Institut für Medizinische Genetik
Wagistrasse 12
8952 Schlieren
Responsible :
Dr. med. Silvia Miranda Azzarello-Burri
Prof. Dr. med. Anita Rauch
Phone : 044 556 33 02
Email : medgen@hin.ch
UniversitätsSpital Zürich
Medizinische Onkologie und Hämatologie
Rämistrasse 100
8091 Zürich
Responsible :
Dr. med. Svenja Bihr
Prof. Dr. med. Bernhard-C. Pestalozzi
Universitätsspital Zürich - Klinik für Gynäkologie
Brustzentrum
Frauenklinikstrasse 10
8091 Zürich
Responsible :
Dr. med. Deborah Admaty
Dr. med. Esther Birindelli
Dr. med. Heike Frauchiger-Heuer
Dr. med. Christina Prevost
Dr. med. Julia Talimi-Schnabel