Genetic counseling is an important part of the hereditary cancer testing process. In fact, some insurance companies require genetic counseling prior to testing. Genetic counselors can help you understand complex genetic information and make informed decisions about your healthcare.
Prior to testing, a genetic counselor may review your medical and family history to determine if genetic testing for hereditary cancer is right for you. A genetic counselor may also explain the possible risks, benefits, and limitations of testing. Once your results are available, a genetic counselor can help you understand what your results mean and how they may impact your healthcare and your family.