Collaboration Tool

Genetic counseling is the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. This process integrates risk assessment, education, and counseling. In some cases, it includes the offer of genetic testing, decision-making support, and interpretation of results. Genetic counseling is best provided by specialists with knowledge and experience in clinical genetics, such as genetic counselors, physician geneticists, and advanced practice nurses trained in genetics. Qualified genetics professionals are board certified and/or state licensed.

Resources to Locate a Genetics Professional

Checklist for Consultation with a Genetics Professional

A consultation with or referral to a genetics professional will be most effective when you can provide the following information:

  Patient's cancer history including site, age at diagnosis, and interventions
   Patient's pathology reports
   Family cancer history
   Other notable family medical history
   Red flags checklist
   Risk stratification assessment 
   Genetic testing results when available
   Goals for referral (clarify risk, facilitate testing, interpretation, differential diagnosis, management)

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Care Collaborators

Identify a team of specialists who can collaborate in your patient’s diagnosis, treatment and management. Collect this information in one place to make referrals and care transitions more efficient. Use these team members as a source for answers about risk assessment, genetic testing, risk communication, surveillance and risk reduction.

 Care Collaborator
Contact Information

 Clinical Geneticist



 Genetic Counselor









 ObGyn/Breast Specialist












 Social work/Counseling/Psych



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