WHAT DOES A GENETIC COUNSELING APPOINTMENT ENTAIL?
During your genetic counseling appointment, the genetic counselor will cover a variety of genetic concepts such as chromosomes, mutations and genetic conditions so that you have a basic understanding of the information that will be discussed during the appointment. The genetic counselor collects and draws out your family and personal medical histories in order to understand what risks may be present and what testing may be most appropriate to order.
If you have had genetic testing ordered, the genetic counselor will take time to review the particular testing and possible results of the test. If at your consult the testing results are available for review, the genetic counselor will address these results so that you have an understanding of the meaning and impact for yourself and your family. If you have not had genetic testing ordered, the genetic counselor will be able to recommend the most appropriate testing based on your personal and family medical histories.
Based on family and personal histories, along with genetic testing results and other factors, the genetic counselor can provide you with the most accurate risk assessment. The genetic counselor will be able to also appropriately refer you to specific specialties when needed (such as high risk breast centers or fertility clinics). During our genetic counseling appointment, we also discuss testing and counseling for other family members that may be at risk. By the end of your genetic counseling appointment we hope that you have gained a better understanding about genetics and how your genetics and testing results can have a large impact in your management.