The Department provides genetic counselling to cancer patients whenever the results of genetic testing are important for the planning of oncological treatment and whenever there is a risk that the patient has developed their disease based on a hereditary genetic disorder. The Department also provides counselling to the patients' family members whenever test results indicate a necessity for the planning of early cancer detection and prevention. To this end, their clinic prepares a risk assessment based on the family anamnesis and the results of genetic testing.
In 2018, the Department is celebrating the 10th anniversary of programme accreditation by the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia. It is a successful demonstration of translating the research project conceptualized in 1999 into practice. In parallel with the development of molecular diagnostics, they have developed a therapy for all known hereditary cancer syndromes by means of sequencing a new generation. Their professional work in this field has resulted in the production and publication of the clinical pathway for genetic counselling and testing, as well as numerous publications on their professional work. In 2017, Department became a reference centre in the European reference network for genetic tumour risk syndromes (ERN GENTURIS), where they actively participate in various work groups.