Parkview Packnett Family Cancer Institute understands the importance of cancer prevention and early detection. That’s why our High Risk and Cancer Risk Reduction Program features the area’s only licensed and board-certified genetic counselors.
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with cancer, genetic testing may be right for you. Having specific cancers can increase the chance of being diagnosed with the same cancer or different cancers in the future. Since some cancers can have a genetic cause and run in families, let the Parkview Packnett Family Cancer Institute genetic counselors help you understand how genetic testing may be helpful for you and your family.
What is a genetic counselor?
Genetic counselors have specialized education in medical genetics and counseling. There are many types of genetic counselors. At Parkview Packnett Family Cancer Institute, our licensed and board-certified genetic counselors specialize in assessing individuals and their families for heredity cancer syndromes.
Genetic counselors work with you and your care team to:
- Understand if you have a higher than average risk of developing cancer
- Determine the genetic tests that may be right for you
- Discuss what the genetic test results may mean for you and your family
The genetic counselors at Parkview Packnett Family Cancer Institute work together with your care team and other support specialists to:
- Educate you and your family regarding your genetic test results
- Understand you and your family members’ genetic risks for cancer
- Provide personalized support
- Empower you to make informed health care decisions
- Develop a personalized cancer surveillance plan, if indicated
Genetic counselors partner with your primary care physician and specialized care teams, inside and outside of Parkview Packnett Family Cancer Institute, to integrate your genetic information into your overall healthcare plan.
Genetic counselors will ask questions to help determine if genetic testing is right for you. Questions will center around your specific:
- Health history, including any previous cancer diagnoses
- Family health conditions, including relatives who have had cancer
- Lifestyle factors that may impact your health
If genetic testing is appropriate for you, your genetic counselor can help you understand the implications of having the testing done, possible results, and how results may impact you and your family members.