Genetic Counseling

PerkinElmer Genomics offers free genetic counseling to every individual be it an adult, child, newborn or a couple who is planning to start a family. Genetic counseling includes evaluation of risk factors that can cause a genetic disease. This evaluation is based on the family history, medical records, parental age and health and many other factors. Our genetic counselors offer guidance to patients from risk assessment to understanding a genetic report, helping the patients make informed and smarter health- related decisions.

 

Why Genetic Counseling?

Genetic counseling has become an indispensable part of the healthcare services, since it helps

  • Understand the genes responsible to cause birth defects or diseases that are inherited
  • Choose the right genetic test from an array of tests that are now available
  • Plan management of disorders that are inherited

 

When is Genetic Counseling appropriate?

Genetic counseling can be helpful for patients and families whenever there is the suspicion of an inherited disorder in the family, and/or they are considering genetic testing. Below are several examples of genetic counseling specialty areas:

  • Infertility
  • Cancer
  • Cardiology
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Neurology
  • Pediatric disorders
  • Prenatal testing
  • Personalized Medicine

 

Who should see a Genetic Counselor?

  1. Any individual with a family history of a genetic disorder
  2. Any couple expecting a baby or planning for a baby
  3. Suspicion of a genetic condition in an individual
  4. Couples already having a child with a genetic disorder
  5. Couples with a history of two or more pregnancy losses

FAQs

Who is a Genetic Counselor?

Genetic counselors are healthcare professionals with specialized training in medical genetics and counseling. They can assume a variety of roles including (but not limited to) working as a member of a healthcare team to provide risk assessment, education, and support for individuals considering genetic testing as well as working within laboratories to help interpret and define genetic test results.

What is Genetic Counseling?

Genetic counseling is the process of helping individuals and families evaluate and understand potential genetic contributions to disease. Below are some examples where genetic counseling might be helpful:

  • Analyzing personal and family histories to assess the likelihood of a potential inherited condition, as well as reviewing appropriate testing options.
  • Discussing potential genetic testing options, including risks, benefits, and potential limitations.
  • Understanding the implications from genetic test results for both the individual and family.
  • Working with a patient’s healthcare providers to discuss future medical management options based on the genetic test results.
How to prepare for a Genetic Counseling Session?

Genetic Counseling sessions typically last anywhere from 30 minutes to 45 minutes, and are designed to be an opportunity to ask questions, raise any concerns/fears you may have, and learn more. You make the most out of your genetic counseling appointment if you have your medical records and gather as much information as possible about your family history beforehand, if possible.

Wish to meet a Genetic Counselor?

Contact your clinicians to set up a counseling session with PerkinElmer Counselors.

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