Genetic counseling is a process of evaluating and understanding a person’s risk of developing an inherited medical condition. Genetic counseling at Virginia Oncology Associates is typically performed by a certified genetic counselor. Meet our genetic counselors. Genetic counselors play an important role since their extensive training allows them to present complex information to patients and their families in a way that’s easy to understand, allowing the patient and their family to make decisions they feel are best.
Genetic counseling sessions at Virginia Oncology Associates typically last anywhere from 45-60 minutes. Your genetic counselor will present scientific concepts, in understandable terms, focusing on questions and concerns pertaining to your risk for cancer or an inherited cancer syndrome. The goal of cancer genetic counseling is to provide clear and clinically-relevant information about genetic risk factors in a supportive and comfortable environment.
As part of our integrated cancer care team, our certified genetic counselors will provide information and support to patients and their families through:
- Education about how genetics plays a part in cancer risk
- Assessment of the risk of a genetic disorder by researching family history and evaluating medical records
- Discussion of the medical, social, and ethical impact of genetic testing
- Interpretation of genetic testing results and medical data
- Explanation of possible treatments or preventive measures
A benefits investigation is performed for every patient who has testing done. The genetic counselor will discuss this in more detail during the appointment. Deciding whether or not to have genetic cancer testing is a personal choice that can be made at the time of the counseling session or at a future date.
Our physicians, advanced practice providers and genetic counselors can help determine if genetic cancer testing is right for you. To make an appointment, please contact us at the location most convenient for you:
- Elizabeth City
- Hampton (CarePlex)
- Newport News (Port Warwick Ill)
- Norfolk (Lake Wright)
- Suffolk (Harbour View)
- Suffolk (Obici)
- Virginia Beach (Princess Anne)