Friday, March 4, 2016

March 9, 2016 Genetic Counselors and Understanding Gyn Cancer Risk

We are thrilled to be welcoming the leadership of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (@GeneticCouns) as our guests during the March 9, 2016 chat beginning at 9pmET (8CT/6PT). In July 2015 we shared on this blog a post titled, "Genetic Testing and Ovarian Cancer", which first appeared on the NSGC website. This month we will be expanding on that post and will be chatting about the role of genetic counselors in all gynecologic cancers as well as gynecologic cancer risks.

The topics questions are:
T1: What is genetic counseling and why it is recommended prior to genetic testing?

T2a: Who should consider genetic testing? How does it help those already diagnosed with a GYN cancer? Does it impact treatment plans?
T2b: Have you had genetic testing? What influenced your decision? If yes, did you have a genetic counselor?

T3: Which genetic mutations are known to increase risk for gynecologic cancers? Do these gene mutations impact risks for other cancers?

T4a: How can people access genetic counseling? What prep work is needed? Are referrals required? 
T4b: Does insurance cover genetic counseling? Are there protections against discrimination based on genetic test results?

T5a: Let's talk about the term "risk". If mutations are found that increase my cancer risk, what does that really mean for me? 
T5b: For those who have had genetic counseling and/or testing, how did the results impact your health care?

T6: Where can those with a genetic mutation find the latest info and get help weighing options for preventative action or treatment? 

T7: How and when to share test results with family can be tough. What are some tips?

If you would like to read more about genetic counselors and genetic testing check out these sites:

We look forward to you joining us!


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