The Cancer Risk & Prevention Program was established to provide this important component of cancer care. MemorialCare encourages anyone concerned about a genetic risk of cancer to take advantage of the program.
What is covered by genetic counseling?
Genetic counseling is a one to two hour consultation with a medical geneticist, advanced practice nurse in genetics, or genetic counselor. Counseling in most cases is covered by insurance. During this consultation the genetic specialist will:
- Construct a family tree.
- Analyze family cancer patterns.
- Explain how genes are inherited.
- Explain the difference between hereditary and sporadic cancer.
- Discuss the ethical, legal, and social implications associated with genetic testing.
- Help the patient decide if the benefits of genetic testing outweigh the risks.
- Interpret genetic test results.
- Provide individualized cancer risk analysis based on family history and/or genetic testing.