Genetic Counselling at
Panorama Centre For Surgical Oncology
What type of services are available from our specialist genetic counsellor?
What does a genetic counselling session entail?
A genetic counselling session starts off with gathering information regarding an individual’s personal and family medical history. Based on this information, the diagnosis or risk of having a certain genetic syndrome is discussed. A genetic counsellor gives a detailed explanation about the features and management options of the condition. Furthermore, how the condition is passed down through the family is explained as well as the possible risk of occurrence or recurrence.
If appropriate, genetic testing options are discussed, either to confirm a diagnosis or to determine the risk of developing a genetic condition. The possible outcome, benefits and limitations of each option is discussed. A genetic counsellor ensures that you make an informed decision regarding genetic testing, that the correct genetic test is requested and that the results are interpreted correctly. If genetic testing has been requested, the result is discussed as well as the implications it may have for the individual and his/her family.
A genetic counselling consultation is lengthy and lasts for about an hour to an hour and a half. The individuals and families are encouraged to share their concerns and experiences, as well as to ask all the questions they have regarding the condition.
Who will benefit from genetic counselling?
The laws of genetics apply, even if you refuse to learn them. – Alison Plowden
Panorama Centre for Surgical Oncology