Women's Genetic Counseling
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At the Women's Medicine Collaborative, your safety is our top priority. We recognize that this is a time of many questions and concerns. Our Women’s Medicine care team is here to support you. We also know completing a treatment plan is associated with the best outcomes for patients. That is why we worked closely with our infection prevention and infectious diseases teams to be able to provide the care you need in a safe environment.
Cancer-Related Genetic Counseling
Women's Genetic Counseling at the Women's Medicine Collaborative offers comprehensive evaluation for individuals and family members at risk of hereditary cancer syndromes.
A genetics evaluation can help an individual determine whether she has inherited an increased risk for cancer. Approximately 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are hereditary.
Who Should Consider a Genetics Evaluation?
Women should consider a genetics evaluation if they meet any of the following criteria:
- Personal history of cancer, such as breast or colon cancer, under the age of 50
- Two or more first-degree relatives on the same side of the family who have been diagnosed with cancer
- More than one primary cancer (such as two primary breast cancers, or primary colon cancer and primary stomach cancer)
- More than one type of cancer
- A rare type of cancer
- Triple negative breast cancer before age 60
- A known genetic mutation in a cancer susceptibility gene in the family
- Ashkenazi Jewish descent (Eastern European Jewish)
Led by Chanika Phornphutkul, MD, our team of genetic specialists provide a comprehensive genetics evaluation, which includes:
- Providing a risk assessment based on personal and family history
- Discussing genetic testing options
- Review of cancer screening and management options
- Counseling on hereditary cancer syndromes
Pregnancy-Related Genetic Counseling
Our prenatal genetic counselor, William Campbell, MA, MS, CGC offers genetic counseling to pregnant patients as well as couples looking to start a family.
Genetic counseling helps you understand if your pregnancy is at risk for genetic syndromes, chromosome abnormalities, intellectual disability, or birth defects and discusses additional testing options for gathering more information. The knowledge gained through counseling empowers you and your partner to make the best decisions for your current or future pregnancy.
A genetic counselor can also help individuals or couples without any identified risks to understand routine prenatal screening and testing options.
Learn more about the innovative hereditary disease research and clinical trials that are currently being conducted at Lifespan.