Genetic Counseling & Cancer Testing
Our medical geneticists provide genetic counseling for breast and colon cancer.
What is genetic counseling?
The Genetic counseling process consists of:
- Evaluating medical
- Records and family history
- Ordering genetic tests - tests on blood and other tissue
- Evaluating the test results of this investigation
- Helping patients understand and reach decisions about what to do next
How does genetic counseling work?
After completing a questionnaire, each person receives what is called a "pedigree," which is similar to a "family tree," that evaluates risk against established criteria. If a person is determined to be at high risk, recommendations might include testing for genetic mutation such as BRC 1 or 2 for breast cancer or HNPCC for colon cancer.
Genetic Counselors - health professionals with specialized graduate degrees and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counseling.
For more information about genetic counseling services, call 650-696-4405.