Steps to Genetic Counseling Westchester, NY
Genetic Counseling at The Breast Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital will help you understand the risks, benefits and limitations of BRCA genetic testing and other hereditary cancer syndromes. Our Certified Genetic Counselor will guide you and your family with expertise in both genetic science and emotional counseling.
Benefits of Genetic Counseling
• Detailed education about hereditary cancer
• Comprehensive evaluation of personal and family medical history
• Hereditary cancer risk assessment and risk to other family members
• Genetic testing options and testing
• Cancer screening and risk reduction recommendations
• Psychological support and referrals
• Referrals to clinical research trials and research registries
• Referrals to local support organizations
Genetic Counseling and What to Expect
Ask your physician about a referral for genetic counseling. When you schedule your appointment, you will speak directly with the NWH Certified Genetic Counselor, Nancy Cohen, MS, CGC, who will answer your initial questions.
You’ll meet with the Genetic Counselor in a comfortable, quiet consultation room and will be provided with a comprehensive, clearly written summary of your session, determining whether genetic testing is recommended.
When to Schedule a Genetic Counseling Consultation
You may benefit from Genetic Counseling if you have a personal or family history of:
• Cancer diagnosed before age 50
• Multiple close family members with the same or related cancers (ex. breast and ovarian; colon and uterine)
• Two or more primary cancer diagnoses in the same individual
• Rare cancers or tumors(ex. male breast cancer, triple negative breast cancer, medullary thyroid cancer, adrenocortical carcinoma, pheochromocytoma)
• Ovarian Cancer
• Other features associated with a hereditary cancer syndrome (ex. multiple colon polyps)
• Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry with breast or ovarian cancer
• A known familial mutation in a cancer predisposition syndrome gene
• Concern about developing cancer because of family history
To discuss your answers and understand your risk, schedule an appointment with our Genetic Counselor, Nancy Cohen, MS, Certified Genetic Counselor.
Preparing for a Genetic Counseling Appointment
1. Prior to your BRCA genetic testing appointment, complete the NWH Family History Form and the Health Questionnaire.
2. If possible, bring your medical records, including any genetic testing results and tumor pathology reports, for yourself and/or affected relative(s).
3. You may scan and email completed forms and other records directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax to Nancy Cohen, MS, CGC: 914.242.7682 one week prior to the appointment.
4. Arrange for a relative or friend to attend the session with you if you think it would be helpful to you.
5. Prior to appointment, please let us know if you will need an interpreter.
What to Expect After BRCA and Genetic Testing
If BRCA and genetic testing is recommended, a blood test will follow. You will receive results by telephone, with a follow-up appointment in-person if results are positive or require additional review. You will also receive a written summary of results in the mail, reviewing the meaning of genetic testing results.