Memorial Hermann offers cancer risk assessments, genetic testing, education and counseling for individuals at high risk for hereditary cancers such as breast, ovarian, colorectal and endometrial cancers.
Genetic counselors at Memorial Hermann provide assessments and counseling for individuals who may have an inherited susceptibility to cancer.
Genetic counseling is defined by the National Society of Genetic Counselors as the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial assessment, counseling and genetic testing process. Genetic counselors can provide risk assessment and genetic testing to help patients better understand their likelihood of developing cancer. For a patient who has already been diagnosed with cancer, genetic counselors can help to determine whether there is an increased risk for another type of cancer and whether any family members are also at risk. Management guidelines exist for men and women who have an increased risk of developing cancer to either reduce the cancer risk or use screening methods to detect cancer at an early stage.
Criteria have been published to help identify families who may benefit from a referral to genetic counseling. The genetic information summaries on genitourinary, gynecological, skin and breast cancers describe the clinical features of hereditary syndromes associated with these cancers.
The following are features that suggest hereditary cancer:
Your assessment will be based on the information you provide as well as risk assessment models and the expertise of your healthcare professionals. If an appointment is scheduled, your genetic counselor will likely have contacted you prior to your appointment to collect information about your medical history and the medical history of your relatives such as your children, siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. This information will be used to assess your cancer risk during your appointment.
Here's what to expect:
Initial genetic counseling appointments are usually 60-90 minutes long; follow-up sessions vary in length.
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