The Genetics Counselor is responsible for the evaluation and counseling of individuals and families regarding cancer risk and risk management, including those at risk of genetic disorders, hereditary disease and birth defects. Provides information to healthcare providers or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions. Advises individuals and families to support informed decision making and coping methods for those at risk. May help conduct research related to genetic conditions or genetic counseling. Assists with the collection of data and design of clinical trials.
Collects family histories, constructs accurate and complete pedigrees, pedigree assessment, and recognition of cancer susceptibility syndromes.
Performs cancer risk analysis and calculation.
Coordinates counseling, risk assessment, testing and management with supervising physician.
Participates in clinical research including presentations at professional meetings and in written publications.
Participates in marketing and community outreach including presentations, health fairs, and marketing to physicians.
Conducts post-test counseling and support to patients, including review of medical management options.
Coordinates selection of laboratory, and provides coordination of testing and interpretation of test results.
Retrieves and reviews medical records from at-risk individuals.