For more information on genetic counseling, visit www.aboutgeneticcounselors.org/
Genetic counseling educates and empowers patients to make healthcare decisions by utilizing information on how inherited conditions might impact them or their family, and by obtaining a better understanding of what genetic testing is and what genetic testing results mean.
A genetic counselor also provides counseling and support to address the social and emotional aspects of making these life-changing decisions.
Is this the same as genetic testing?
Genetic counseling and testing go hand in hand.
Our genetic information is like a set of directions for our bodies. It tells how to grow and function correctly. Differences in this genetic information can change how our body grows and functions. Testing identifies those differences that are causing a patient’s symptoms.
Common reasons to see a genetic counselor:
- Individuals who have a personal and/or family history of cancer and are considering genetic testing to better understand their risk for cancer or cancer treatment and medical management
- Expectant parents who have been advised there may be a genetic condition in the pregnancy, or those who want to learn more about non-invasive pregnancy screening
- Individuals considering starting a family who have questions about an inherited condition
A referral from a physician or healthcare provider is required to see a genetic counselor. If you are interested in genetic counseling, download this referral form and take it to your healthcare provider. (Providers also may download this form to refer patients.)
While the counseling will be provided free of charge, there is a charge associated with genetic testing, and this can typically be billed through insurance. Billing options for testing will be discussed during the appointment.
For more information, call 816-407-4395. Telehealth visits are available upon request at the time of scheduling.