I’ve heard that before having genetic testing that it’s a good idea to meet with a genetic counselor. What is genetic counseling?

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I’ve heard that before having genetic testing that it’s a good idea to meet with a genetic counselor. What is genetic counseling?

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Deciding to pursue genetic testing can be a personal decision. By meeting with a genetic counselor, patients and their families have an opportunity to consider all the aspects of genetic testing. This can include information about the inheritance of cancer genes, the medical facts of a particular type of cancer, the risk of cancer associated with a particular gene, and all the available options. A meeting with a genetic counselor provides: • a detailed family history and risk factor assessment • counseling about the pros/cons of testing • a review of possible cancer management strategies • information about cancer screening guidelines and preventive options • emotional and psychosocial support If the decision is made to proceed with genetic testing, the individual gives his or her written consent before a blood test is done. Results are usually available within 3-4 weeks. The genetic counselor then meets with the patient to discuss the results and its implications. What is the cost of

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