Genetic counseling by phone or face-to-face
Full article: https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/jco.2013.51.3226
Results presented at the 2017 American Psychological Association’s annual meeting showed genetic counseling by telephone is as “safe and effective” in long-term psychological and social outcomes compared to traditional in-person counseling for women at risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. This presentation is an update on research published in 2014. (11/29/17)
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network is a consortium of experts in cancer and genetics. They publish consensus guidelines for genetic counseling and testing for cancer risk.
- According to NCCN, cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling is highly recommended before genetic testing is offered (pre-test counseling) and after results are disclosed (post-test counseling). A genetic counselor or other health professional with expertise and experience in cancer genetics should be involved early in the counseling of patients.
Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider
- What are the pros and cons of genetic counseling by phone versus seeing a genetics counselor in-person?
- Can you provide me with the names of genetic counselors who provide this service by telephone?
- Will my insurance cover genetic counseling by telephone?
FORCE is a national nonprofit organization, established in 1999. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by adult hereditary cancers.