Genetic Counseling, Centers in Switzerland

What is genetic counselling?

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 counselling session, the results of the test and the possible consequences are discussed.

Counselling 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 counselling 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 Counselling, CPTC of the Swiss Group for Clinical Cancer Research (SAKK).

Medical genetics specialists (SGMG) provide counselling 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 counselling

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

Medizinische Genetik / Brustzentrum
Tellstrasse 25
5001 Aarau
Responsible :
Dr. med Cecilia Bracco
Dr. med. Gabi Landmann
Dr. med. Christina Prevost
Im Ergel 1
5404 Baden
Responsible :
Prof. Dr. med. Martin L. Heubner
PD. Dr. med. Cornelia Leo
Frauenklinik
Riburgerstrasse 12
4310 Rheinfelden
Responsible :
Dr. med. Stefanie Stirnberg

Bern

Brustzentrum
Schänzlistrasse 33
3013 Bern
Responsible :
PD Dr. med. Gabriella Pichert
Brustzentrum
Theodor-Kocher-Haus Friedbühlstrasse 19
3010 Bern
Responsible :
Dr. med. Laura Knabben
Dr. med. Manuela Rabaglio-Poretti
Ambulatorium und Poliklinik
Lory-Haus (Eingang B4) Freiburgstrasse 41G
3010 Bern
Responsible :
Dr. med. Manuela Rabaglio-Poretti
Dr. med. Amina Scherz
Gastroenterologie
Vogelsang 84
2501 Biel
Responsible :
Dr. med. PhD Henrik Csaba Horvath
Vogelsang 84
2501 Biel
Responsible :
MScN, RN Rosmarie Bührer-Landolt
PD Dr. med. Dr. phil. Martin Zweifel

Basel

Onkologie
Aeschenvorstadt 21
4051 Basel
Responsible :
PD Dr. med. Nicole Bürki
Phone : 061 271 75 75
Gynäkologische Onkologie
Petersgraben 4
4056 Basel
Schönbeinstrasse 40
4031 Basel
Responsible :
MD PhD Karl Heinimann
Phone : +41 61 265 36 20

Geneva

Service d'oncologie
Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 4
1205 Genève
Responsible :
Dr. med. Pierre O. Chappuis
Phone : +41 22 372 98 53
Cabinet Médical
3 rue de Villereuse
1207 Genève
Responsible :
Dr. med. François Taban

Grisons

Onkologie / Hämatologie
Loëstrasse 170
7000 Chur
Responsible :
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

Lucerne

Seidenhofstrasse 9
6003 Luzern
Responsible :
Dr. med. Kathrin Schwedler
Haldenstrasse 11
6006 Luzern
Responsible :
Dr. med. Nadja Ballabio
Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Günthert
Phone : +41 41 419 03 03
Brustzentrum St. Anna
St. Anne-Strasse 32
6006 Luzern
Responsible :
PD Dr. med. Peter Dubsky
Medizinische Onkologie
Spitalstrasse 16b
6210 Sursee
Medizinische Onkologie
Spitalstrasse
6000 Luzern 16
Responsible :
Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Paul Aebi
Phone : +41 41 205 58 60
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

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
Rorschacher Strasse 95
9007 St. Gallen
Responsible :
PD Dr. med. Thomas Hundsberger
Dr. med. Gesa Isensee
Rorschacherstrasse 95
9007 St. Gallen
Responsible :
Dr. med. Ursula Hasler-Strub
Dr. med. Salome Riniker
Dr. med. Christine Strub
Rorschacherstrasse 95
9007 St. Gallen
Responsible :
PD Dr. med. Aurelius Omlin
Dr. med. Christian Weisshaupt
Phone : +41 71 494 10 62
Vadianstrasse 31
9000 St. Gallen
Responsible :
Dr. med. Isabella Schönenberger
Phone : +41 71 222 55 66
Onkologie
Bahnhofpark 2b
7320 Sargans
Responsible :
Dr. med. Stefan Greuter
Phone : +41 81 720 06 20
Email : rundum@hin.ch
Frauenklinik
Gasterstrasse 25
8730 Uznach
Responsible :
Dr. med. Stefanie Huggle
Rorschacher Strasse 150
9006 St. Gallen
Responsible :
Dr. med. Barbara Bolliger
Phone : +41 71 243 00 43
Email : info@zetup.ch
Brust und Tumorzentrum
Alte Jonastrasse 24
8640 Rapperswil
Responsible :
Dr. med. Matthias Egger

Schaffhausen

Gynäkologie-Brustzentrum
Geissbergstrasse 81
8208 Schaffhausen

Solothurn

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

Thurgau

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

Ticino

High Risk Clinic - Oncogenetics
Via Capelli 1
6962 Viganelli-Lugano
Responsible :
Dr. med. Rossella Graffeo
Phone : +41 91 811 75 60

Vaud

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

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

Zug

Rigistrasse 1
6330 Cham
Responsible :
Dr. med. Meinrad Mannhart

Zurich

Genetische Beratung
Seefeldstrasse 214
8008 Zürich
Responsible :
Dr. med. Katharina Leunig
Dr. med. Eliane Sarasin Ricklin
Phone : +41 44 533 81 00
Medizinisches-Genetisches Beratungszentrum
Faulenstrasse 14
8008 Zürich
Responsible :
Dr. med. Benno Röthlisberger
Frauenklinik
Spitalstrase 66
8620 Wetzikon
Responsible :
Denise Beck
Dr. med. Alexandra Kochanowski
Medizinische Onkologie und Hämatologie
Brauerstrasse 15, Postfach 834
8401 Winterthur
Responsible :
Dr. med. Daniela Hagen
Dr. med. Andreas Müller
Dr. med. Ursina Zürrer
Personalisierte Medizin
Witellikerstrasse 40
8032 Zürich
Responsible :
Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Szucs
Onkologie Zentrum
Witellikerstrasse 40
8032 Zürich
Responsible :
PD Dr. Gabriella Pichert
Phone : +41 44 387 37 80
Gynäkologie
Toblerstrasse 51
8044 Zürich
Responsible :
Dr. med. Eliane Sarasin Ricklin
Phone : +41 43 268 29 99
Frauenklinik
Urdorferstrasse 100
8952 Schlieren
Responsible :
Dr. Teresa Drobnitsch
Dr. med. Julia Ihrig
Dr. med. Kathrin Kimmig
Onkologie Zentrum
Asylstrasse 10
8708 Männedorf
Responsible :
Dr. med. Andreas Hochstrasser
Dr. med. Claudia S. Hutzli Schaltegger
Medizinische Onkologie
Birmensdorferstrasse 497
8063 Zürich
Onkologie
Bannhaldenstrasse 7
8180 Bülach
Responsible :
Dr. med. Mark Haefner
Phone : +41 44 862 73 00
Website : www.tucare.ch
Pestalozzistrasse 3/5
8032 Zürich
Responsible :
Dr. med. Silvia Miranda Azzarello-Burri
Prof. Dr. med. Anita Rauch
Medizinische Onkologie und Hämatologie
Rämistrasse 100
8091 Zürich
Responsible :
Dr. med. Svenja Bihr
Prof. Dr. med. Bernhard-C. Pestalozzi
Dr. med. Heike Pietge
Brustzentrum
Frauenklinikstrasse 10
8091 Zürich
Responsible :
Dr. med. Esther Birindelli
Dr. med. Julia Talimi-Schnabel