The cancer genetic clinic is held on every Wednesday from 8.00am to 4.00 pm. Children and adults with familial and inherited cancers are seen in the clinic.

These include;
  • breast cancer
  • ovarian cancer
  • colorectal cancer
  • retinoblastoma
  • other familial and inherited cancers


The purpose of the Cancer Genetics Clinic is to identify individuals that appear to have familial or hereditary cancer syndromes, and provide thorough evaluation, genetic counseling and education which will be beneficial for the patients and their families.

Working in concert with the patients, physicians and surgeons, the following services will be provided:

  1. Individualised cancer risk assessment for all forms of cancer
  2. Screening for early detection and management
  3. Genetic counseling
  4. Cancer education

Indications for Referral

  1. Cancer occurring in multiple generations in the family.
  2. Two or more close relatives (1st or 2nd degree relatives) with the same cancer.
  3. Multiple primary cancers in an individual.
  4. Diagnosis of a hereditary cancer syndrome in a family member.
  5. Bilateral cancer in case of cancers affecting paired organs.
  6. Early onset cancer: age of cancer diagnosis 10 to 20 years earlier than usual.
  7. Characteristic combinations of cancers.

In addition to the above mentioned specific indications any person who has a relative with cancer may seek the services of the clinic.


Genetic testing for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (BRCA1 and BRCA2), Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) and Retinoblastoma (RB1) mutations are available.
In addition to these, the following pharmacogenomic tests are also available: k-Ras and EGFR mutation testing to predict response to therapy.

We plan to introduce more tests in the future.


Human Genetics Unit
Faculty of Medicine
University of Colombo
Kynsey Road
Colombo 08