Do you have a personal and/or family history of cancer? Have you had or are you considering genetic testing for cancer-related concerns? Are you hoping to learn more about the chance to develop cancer, what type of screening and prevention strategies are available, and what this means for your relatives? If you can relate these questions or have your own questions, you may benefit from a Personalized Cancer Risk Assessment with a genetic counselor.
What can you expect from a Personalized Cancer Risk Assessment?
We are a team of certified and independent genetic counselors dedicated to helping people navigate their genetic health and provide up-to-date care recommendations. We begin by reviewing your personal medical history, your detailed family medical history, and any concerns you may have. With all that information in hand, we are able to make recommendations to best address your cancer-related questions or concerns. Those recommendations may include genetic testing, talking with relatives, obtaining additional information, and/or a personalized screening and prevention plan. We will provide you and your medical providers with a summary of our discussion and recommendations. If we recommend genetic testing, we will help identify a genetic testing laboratory that meets your individual concerns and insurance needs. We will review your results with you and any care recommendations for you and your relatives based on your test results.
How to Prepare
The more information we have in advance of your Personalized Cancer Risk Assessment, the more personalized and accurate our assessment and recommendations can be. Please be sure we have your medical records including any pathology reports, genetic test results, and other related medical records.
We also recommend speaking with your relatives to identify who in the family has had cancer. It is helpful to know roughly how old your relative was at the time of their diagnosis, where in their body did their cancer first start, and if they’ve already had genetic testing. It is common for their to be limitations to gathering family health history, including a loss of contact, family members not wanting to share their health history, or someone being adopted. It is helpful to gather as much information that is comfortable to ask for.
Genetic testing can be a part of our cancer risk assessment care recommendations; however, genetic testing is not always the best way to address your individual questions. Part of the discussion involves reviewing the pros and cons of genetic testing, as well as the limitations of the various testing options. If you already had genetic testing, we can review your results with you and generate your personalized care recommendations. We are independent genetic counselors, which means we are not tied to or affiliated in any way with the many for-profit genetic testing companies. We are dedicated to helping our patients identify the most effective way to address their individual cancer related concerns.
How much does a Personalized Cancer Risk Assessment cost?
The cost for genetic counseling is $200, which can be paid securely online by credit card or arrangements can be made to pay by check. It is both the philosophy and practice at GSF that genetic services, including genetic counseling, should be available to those in need, regardless of ability to pay. For this reason, we have financial aid available for those who qualify.
Do you accept insurance?
In some cases, insurance will cover genetic counseling services provided by telehealth. Coverage varies by state and also by insurance plan. We are pleased to assist you by billing your insurance. However, you are required to provide us with the most correct and updated information about your insurance, and will be responsible for any charges if the information provided is not correct or updated. Patients are responsible for the payment of co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles, and all other procedures or treatment not covered by their insurance plan. We encourage you to check with your insurance to see the limitations of your specific plan.
Alternatively, you may elect to pay for the visit prior to your appointment using your credit card and submit claims to insurance on your own.
If you feel you may qualify for financial assistance for this service, contact GSF to access our financial aid policy.
Common reasons for a Personalized Cancer Risk Assessment
Some people seek genetic counseling because they have a personal or family history that is suspicious for an inherited predisposition for certain types of cancer. Some more common types of cancer that can increase the chance for a hereditary predisposition are:
Other individuals may be interested in seeing a genetic counselor because there is a known genetic cause for cancer in their family, including:
Scheduling your Personalized Cancer Risk Assessment
We provide genetic counseling and Personalized Cancer Risk Assessment most commonly via a secure video conferencing service to provide telehealth directly to your home. If you are interested in meeting with a genetic counselor, click here to schedule an appointment with one of the genetic counselors at GSF.