Can family members come with me to my first appointment?
You are welcome to invite anyone to come with you (family, friend, etc.) to your appointment, but you will be the main focus of the consultation. If you bring a friend or family member with you and they have specific questions or concerns, it may be necessary to schedule a separate appointment for them.
How long will my first visit be?
The first genetic consultation visit usually lasts 60-90 minutes.
How many times will I need to come to the genetics clinic?
Once a genetic counselor has met with you for your cancer risk assessment, she can discuss with you how often you may need to be seen again. This usually depends on the need for more of your family’s medical history, whether you or a family member decides to have genetic testing, and the complexity of the situation.
Will a physician be present during my genetic counseling visits?
A physician may or may not be present at all genetic counseling visits. However, the genetic counselor will consult with our team of physicians about your medical and family history.
Will I always meet with a genetic counselor during my visits?
Yes, a genetic counselor will always be present to discuss your medical and family history.
How do I get involved in research?
After you complete a cancer risk assessment, your genetic counselor will determine if there are any research programs that are appropriate for you and your family.
I don’t want to have genetic counseling because I don’t want to have genetic testing. Should I cancel my appointment?
Not all patients who have genetic counseling decide to have genetic testing. The genetic counselor is here to give you the information that you need to make an informed decision about genetic testing.