GENETIC COUNSELING PROGRAM
Genetic counselors are healthcare providers with specialized training in genetics and genetic conditions. They are trained to provide risk assessment and education to people with many types of conditions or family histories of genetic conditions. Based on the risk assessment, a genetic counselor will help you understand your options for avoiding or managing the diseases for which you are at risk.
What happens during the appointment?
A genetic counselor obtains a detailed family and medical history, then the counselor discusses your risks and the implications for both you
and your family. Genetic testing is available for a small, but growing number of conditions. We will discuss your testing options as well as the benefits, risks, limitations and costs of each test. We will discuss the screening and management recommendations based on your level of risk.
Who should be evaluated?
• Anyone with...
A personal or family history of breast, ovarian, colon or uterine cancer diagnosed before age 50
• Abnormal IHC screening of a colon or uterine tumor (indicates an increased risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome)
• Multiple relatives on the same side of the family with the same or related cancers
• A personal or family history of a single individual with multiple primary cancers
• A personal or family history of male breast cancer
• Jewish ancestry and a personal or family history of any of the cancers already mentioned
• A known genetic condition in the family (Lynch syndrome, BRCA, etc.)
• A personal diagnosis of atypical hperplasia of the breast
To schedule an appointment, call (270) 706-1535. Prior to your appointment, a genetic counselor may call you to gather preliminary information over the phone.