JAMA Oncology online published a study on October 1, 2015, highlighting the importance of hereditary cancer genetic counseling . They have found a low rate of pretest genetic counseling for BRCA genetic testing despite clear professional society guidelines and published research consistently documenting its importance. Genetic counseling reduces tests being ordered for unaffected individuals, and facilitates better patient outcomes and informed decision making.
Genetic counseling through our center can be scheduled by calling 714-288-3500.
Reference: Armstrong J, Toscano M, Kotchko N, et al. Utilization and outcomes of BRCA genetic testing and counseling in a national commercially insured population: The ABOUT Study. JAMA Oncol. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2014.3048