Arizona Oncology’s Cancer Genetics Program
At Arizona Oncology, we provide comprehensive medical care and support services for people diagnosed with cancer or those at a higher risk of developing cancer. If you are considering genetic testing, it is important to talk with a healthcare team that has received special training in genetics and hereditary cancers and who can help you understand your options.
During a cancer genetics consult, we can help you learn about your inherited risk of developing cancer, such as breast, gastrointestinal, gynecologic and others, and help you and your family understand the results if you decide to undergo genetic testing. Furthermore, we will provide you the information you need to make decisions about prevention or treatment options.
As part of our integrated team, our genetic specialists will provide information and support for you and your family by:
• Educating you about how genetics plays a role in cancer risk
• Assessing your risk of a genetic disorder by researching your family’s cancer history
• Discussing the medical, social and ethical impact of genetic testing on you and your family
• Interpreting genetic testing results and medical data
• Explaining possible treatments or preventive measures
Cancer Genetics Program Providers
Rachael Adger, MSN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP, AGN-BC
Rachael received her BSN & MSN at the University of Pittsburgh in their acute care oncology NP program. She completed her post-master’s certification in Clinical Genetics and Genomics from the University of Connecticut. She received training in cancer genetics at City of Hope and is an alumnus of their Intensive Course in Genomic Cancer Risk Assessment. She is board certified in oncology and genetics. She is the director of our cancer genetics program. She provides cancer genetic risk assessment services at our Rudasill office.
Jonlyn McGettigan, MSN, RN, NP-C
Jonlyn earned her MSN from the University of Phoenix and is certified as a family nurse practitioner. She has extensive experience in oncology and cancer genetics. Jonlyn received her training in cancer genetics at City of Hope and is an alumnus of their intensive course in genomic cancer risk assessment. She provides cancer genetic risk assessment services at our Wilmot office.
Jennifer Vargas, MSN, WHNP
Jennifer received her MSN from Cal State-Long Beach and received her Women’s Health NP certification from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She has extensive experience in women’s health and breast surgery. Jennifer received training in cancer genetics at the City of Hope in their intensive course in genomic cancer risk assessment. She provides cancer genetic risk assessment services at our Craycroft office.
Casandra Liggins, MD, MS
Dr. Liggins earned her medical degree from the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center before completing her internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Arizona College of Medicine. She specializes in gynecologic cancers and caring for women at risk for gynecologic cancers. Dr. Liggins received her training in cancer genetics at City of Hope in their intensive course in genomic cancer risk assessment. She provides cancer genetic risk assessment services at our Wilmot office and by telegenetics.
For more information or to schedule a cancer genetics appointment in Southern Arizona/Tucson, contact April Mericle, genetics coordinator at 520-797-4468.