“My sister was just found to have a BRCA mutation. I don’t
need genetic counseling, but can you tell me what test I should have?
Is it covered by insurance? Is it important for my brother to test, too?
If I have it, does that mean my kids have it too?”
These and many more, equally important questions are exactly what genetic
counseling is all about. Of course we provide support when it’s
needed, but our goal is to make sure that we assess your personal and
family history for all known hereditary cancer susceptibility conditions,
and for those who would like to pursue genetic testing, to make sure the
right test is ordered on the appropriate person and most important, that
the results are interpreted correctly.
Misinterpretation of genetic test results poses a great risk and can have
a significant impact on a family and their ability to get appropriate
information and follow-up care, when testing is ordered by those who are
not board certified in genetics.
Genetic testing for hereditary cancer can sometimes arouse certain emotions
or painful memories. We are able to inform patients of helpful resources
as needed and make connections with those who can provide appropriate support.
After your appointment, you will receive a complete written report which
you can share with your family. In this report, we will outline your risk
for cancer, what your results mean (if applicable) and possible recommendations
for screening for you and your family members.
Going forward, we invite you to stay in contact with us for information
about new discoveries in genetics which may result in additional testing
that would be appropriate for you, changes in medical management guidelines,
or research opportunities. We are also available to assess any new developments
in your family history.
As a patient, you deserve the best opportunity to get the right answers
about hereditary cancer - from an expert. It’s too important not
to see a specialist.