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Premier Genetic Counseling in Orlando

As a part of our comprehensive cancer care, Florida Hospital Cancer Institute offers the latest and most effective genetic counseling in Orlando for residents of Central Florida and the surrounding regions. Our genetic counseling center provides patients at risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome with one-on-one appointments with our genetic counselor. This consultation will include a review of the patient's full medical and family history, as well as a three-generation pedigree. The discussion will also include defining the features of hereditary cancer syndromes, the biology of cancer and cancer susceptibility genes. To learn more about genetic counseling in Orlando, or to request an appointment, please call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

Approximately 5-10% of All Cancers Have a Hereditary Component

The patient and the genetic counselor will consider the option of genetic testing, if warranted, including the benefits and limitations and what the results can mean. A detailed discussion of cancer screening, medical management and surgical guidelines for hereditary cancer syndromes will follow. The patient and their primary care physician will receive a summary letter after each genetic consultation.

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Reasons for Genetic Counseling

People may decide to get genetic counseling for a variety of reasons, including: 

  • family history of a genetic condition
  • education about genetic screening for diseases that are more common in certain ethnic groups 
  • discussing abnormal results from tests during pregnancy 
  • education about the higher chance for certain types of genetic conditions in the baby if mother-to-be is 35 years of age or more, or is concerned at any age about her chances of having a child with a genetic condition
  • education about the effects of being exposed to x-rays, chemicals, illness, or prescribed or illicit drugs while pregnant
  • A woman has had several miscarriages or infant deaths
  • Trouble getting pregnant
  • A genetic condition or birth defect occurred in a previous pregnancy
  • A child has birth defects, disabilities, or conditions found by newborn screening
  • To find out if there is a genetic cause for developmental delays or health problems
  • Steps to get ready for a healthy pregnancy and baby 

Genetic Testing

Florida Hospital Cancer Institute provides clinical genetic testing for most hereditary forms of cancer. This will involve a blood draw. Genetic testing is often provided to at-risk patients who desire more solutions for preventing cancer. Your physician team may recommend genetic testing only after the benefits, risks and limitations have been considered for each test. Patients who decide to undergo this treatment and are found to have a positive test result have an increased liklihood of developing cancer. During testing, it's important to understand that not all positive tests mean that an individual will develop cancer. Your genetic testing team will explain each test in detail to you and your family, helping you navigate every result and any of your questions. 

Request an Appointment

To learn more about genetic counseling in Orlando, or to request an appointment, please call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.