- Genetic Counselling
Genetic counselling provides information to help you understand how genetic diseases can affect you and your family. Genetic counselling offers you support so that you can make personal decisions regarding the management of your health as well as that of your children.
Genetic counselling can help individuals, couples and families who have genetic concerns such as:
- A family history of cancer (e.g. breast, thyroid, pancreas, colon, prostate, bone or soft tissue, sarcoma or leukemia/lymphoma, etc.)
- A Family history of diseases that can be hereditary (e.g. cancer, heart problems, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, etc.).
- The risk of being a carrier or having a child with a hereditary disease (e.g. cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy, Tay Sachs disease, Familial Mediterranean fever, fragile X syndrome, hemophilia, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, etc.).
Based on your medical or family history, it may be a good idea to conduct genetic testing to clarify your risks of inheriting, developing or transmitting a genetic disease. Genetic analyses are done using a sample of saliva or blood.
A genetic counsellor is a health professional with a master’s degree in medical genetics and in counselling/support and is certified by the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC) or the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).
At your first meeting, the genetic counsellor will provide you with general information on genetics and the possible risks to you and your family. Our counsellor will also help you to:
- Explore your test and health management options
- Understand the genetic tests available
- Discuss and understand your results
- Undertand health management options based on your results
Throughout this process, our counsellor will provide emotional support and will collaborate with your team of health professionals to establish a customized action plan for your well-being.
At BiogeniQ, we advocate a people-centric and personnalized approach in accompanying our patients. We are here to listen and will take the time to inform you and answer all of your questions. Our genetics counsellors has over ten years of experience, and will help guide you throughout the entire process. You can also expect :
- a rapid response to a genetic counselling request within 48 to 72 hours
- a certified genetic counsellor, with more than 10 years of experience
- quick access to genetic tests, if needed
- in-person or remote access for the consultation and sampling
- support for the patient and the patient’s doctor throughout the process