Thinking about cancer or dealing with cancer risk can be scary or overwhelming, but we believe that receiving information and resources is comforting, empowering, and lifesaving.
Genetic counseling consists of one or more appointments with a genetics expert in-person or by telephone. The first genetic counseling session usually involves an in-depth discussion about your personal medical history and your family medical history. The genetic counselor will want to know family medical history going back three generations, including:
Once they evaluate your personal and family medical history, a genetic counselor will discuss other tools that may further clarify your risk for cancer, including genetic testing. A genetic counselor will not try to talk you into or out of testing but will discuss its benefits, risks, costs, and limitations.
If you decide to proceed with genetic testing, the counselor will:
Once your results have returned from the lab, the counselor will schedule a post-test disclosure apppointment. This appointment is important; the genetic counselor will: