Hoag Genetic Counseling

At Hoag, we believe our patients deserve the best opportunity to get the right answers about hereditary cancer and other hereditary adult-onset conditions from a specialist

Why Genetic Counseling?

Genetic testing is not just a simple blood draw (or saliva test). Your genetic counselor will do all of the following:

  • Collect, document and evaluate your family history
  • Estimate your hereditary risk
  • Explain inheritance patterns and implications for your family
  • Assist in exploring the medical and psychological implications of genetic testing
  • Review costs, benefits and limitations of genetic testing
  • Provide information about genetic testing options and help you decide what is best for you and your family
  • Answer questions about issues of privacy, confidentiality and legal protections against genetic discrimination
  • Determine the best strategy for testing within your family
  • Select appropriate genetic test(s) and testing laboratory
  • Help in obtaining insurance coverage for your genetic testing
  • Interpret your genetic test results, which can be complex
  • Provide ongoing emotional support and assistance in informing your family in the event of abnormal test results
  • Assist your physicians in developing a plan for management
  • Provide a detailed summary letter for you and your physicians
  • Refer to support organizations, when appropriate
  • Notify you about genetics research opportunities as they arise

A genetic counseling session is a conversation, where your input is vital towards its success. We encourage you to bring a list of questions to cover during your visit.

Hoag Genetic Counselors

Our Genetic Counselors are: 

  • Diplomates of the American Board of Genetic Counseling
  • Received master’s degrees in genetic counseling and are licensed by the state of California
  • Work with your physicians as part of your healthcare team
  • Are part of a specially trained group of individuals who specialize in genetic counseling for cancer patients and other hereditary adult-onset conditions

How to Make an Appointment

Hoag is pleased to offer hereditary counseling services in Newport Beach, Irvine and Huntington Beach. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information or to make an appointment, please contact us at 949-764-5764 or genetics@hoag.org.

Although many patients seek assessment at the recommendation of their physicians, a referral from a health care provider is not required.