"The recommendations are relying on genetic counselors
, but too few are available.
A: Genetic counselors
play an important role in helping patients understand what information their genetic testing evaluated and how to understand, interpret and potentially act on that information.
Here are some factors that warrant a referral to a certified genetic counselor
If an individual has a strong family history of cancer and the genetic counselor
deems the individual to be at high risk of having a gene mutation, the counselor will talk to the patient about the process of genetic testing, including the pros and cons of testing and the possible implications for the patient's health, and the health of their family.
NSGC is a network of genetic counselors
. This site is a source of information, resources, and tools all pertaining to genetics.
To help inform these decisions, Counsyl provides physicians and patients access to a team of more than 40 board-certified genetic counselors
In this regard, the role of the genetic counselor
as racial gatekeeper should be read as building upon the eugenic roots of genetics.
Krukenberg, MS, CGC, LGC, is a Genetic Counselor
, Breast Care, with the Community Physician Network, 8040 Clearvista Parkway, Suite 550, Indianapolis, IN 46256.
A genetic counselor
can take a closer look at your family history to determine whether an inherited mutation appears to be responsible for the cancers in your family and can advise you as to whether testing is available.
To help decide if genetic testing is right for you, talk with a genetic counselor
about your family history.
People dealing with a diagnosis of cancer or a genetic condition might benefit from seeing a genetic counselor
who reviews personal and family history to assess the risk of disease development or recurrence, interprets medical data and test results, discusses the pros and cons of genetic testing, and provides education about disease prevention, screening, and treatment.
Brenda is a genetic counselor
in Elwyn, Pennsylvania.