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What is Genetic Counseling?

Staffed by genetic counselor, our goal is to assess our patients' personal and family history of cancer so they can make the most informed decision about genetic testing.

What is a Genetic Counselor?

Genetic counselors are health care professionals who have a master-level specialization in medical genetics and counseling. They work in a variety of settings, including cancer genetics risk assessment.

Genetic counseling for patients concerned about their cancer risk includes:

  • Collecting a detailed, cancer-focused personal and family medical history 
  • Assessing an individual's risk of developing cancer based on this information 
  • Determining whether the family history is suggestive of a hereditary cancer syndrome 
  • Providing patients with education about the option of genetic testing, and the risks and benefits of genetic testing 
  • Reviewing medical management options with or without genetic testing 
  • Communicating risk-assessment information with primary care/referring physician so that it can be used to appropriately manage cancer risk

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Would you like more information?

To learn more about genetic counseling provided at Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.