Genetic counseling and testing can help you understand your risk for certain cancers or potential prenatal complications. Our genetic counselors offer detailed information in an understandable format to help each patient process the results.
Cancer genetic counseling is the process of collecting your detailed personal and family history, assessing your personal risk and discussing your genetic testing options. Genetic tests are tests of blood and other tissue used to identify genetic disorders and can help obtain a more precise estimate of your cancer risk. Although a cancer risk assessment can be provided without genetic testing, in some cases testing may help you and your physician make important decisions about your medical care.
Genetic counseling includes several steps and may require more than one appointment. A meeting with a genetic counselor typically includes:
Genetic counseling is typically recommended for people who have a personal and/or family history suggestive of a hereditary cancer condition. It is important to know that having a family member with cancer does not automatically mean that you are in a high-risk family. If you or a close relative have had any of the following, you may want to consider genetic counseling:
If there is a family history of a birth defect or genetic disorder, your doctor may recommend that you meet with a maternal and fetal medicine physician or a genetic counselor. Genetic counselors provide specialized counseling for patients of advanced maternal age as well as those with positive maternal serum screening results or abnormalities identified on an ultrasound examination. The genetic counselor will also provide up-to-date information about genetic tests, treatments, research options, support organizations and community resources that are available.
Every effort is made to provide families with the necessary information to make the best decisions for them based on their own religious, cultural and moral beliefs.
You should consider genetic counseling if: