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Cigna to Require Genetic Counseling Prior to BRCA Testing by Bruce Friedman Patient Expert Posted Wed 21 Aug 2013 12:00am I have blogged previously about the use of companion diagnostics whereby a lab test is used to determine whether a patient is a suitable candidate for an expensive drug, usually an expensive chemotherapeutic agent (see: Companion Diagnostics Gains Wider Acceptance in FDA Despite Challenges ;  Some Interesting Ins ... Read on »
23andME-"Genetic Counseling isn't Clinical Medicine" by Dr. Steve Murphy Medical Doctor Posted Mon 23 Feb 2009 10:13pm Thanks to anamazing string of commentary on my blog, I think I get it. Most of the 23andME users don't understand clinically what they are getting. It turns out, what they are getting is in essence unsupervised genetic counseling. Vincent a commenter notes from my previous set of comments: "In their actual report to customers, th ... Read on »
Genetic Testing, Public Policy and You by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted Thu 19 Nov 2009 10:02pm I was in DC at the NIH this week and spoke in front of the Secretary’s Advisory Counsel on Genetics, Health, and Society ( SACGHS ) about direct-to-consumer genetic testing and DNA Direct. My goal was to make three main points: There’s definitely a need for direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Direct-to-consumer genetic testing can be d ... Read on »
An opportunity to influence genetic counseling sessions by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted Sat 23 Aug 2008 11:36pm DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Public Health Service Dear Parents and Caregivers, You are invited to participate in a study conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the Johns Hopkins University. Why is this study being done? To learn more about how caregivers adjust to having a child with Dow ... Read on »
Hot Job of 2012? Genetic Counseling by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted Thu 19 Nov 2009 10:02pm I got a kick out of the Daily Galaxy blog’s list of Hot Jobs in 2012, especially since the very specialized, previously nerdy role of genetic counseling is predicted to be … hot! 7) Genetic Counseling Doctors will be able to test for dozens of genetic markers and predict when a person will likely experience a genetically based condition ... Read on »
Genetic Counseling- when is it appropriate? by ckmiletti Patient Expert Posted Wed 16 Feb 2011 6:29pm Genetic Counselors Offer Information, Support on Genetic Conditions ROCHESTER, Minn. — People dealing with a diagnosis of cancer or a genetic condition might benefit from seeing a genetic counselor. The February issue of Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource covers the role of genetic counselors and common reasons that people seek their expert ... Read on »
All About Genetic Counseling at LifeBridge Health by Elizabeth Leis Patient Expert Posted Fri 29 Jun 2012 6:00am Ten fingers and 10 toes. Many expecting parents will tell you that this is all they’re hoping for when asked if they would prefer a boy or a girl. This sweet-natured quip will coax a chuckle or two because a baby with 10 fingers and 10 toes seems like such a given. When we daydream about our children’s futures, we dream of the day she’ll swear ... Read on »
Death Knell to Cancer Genetic Counseling? by Dr. Steve Murphy Medical Doctor Posted Tue 14 Apr 2009 11:38pm ACOG has finally come around. They are now beginning to realize that it IS the responsibility of the OB/GYN to evaluate cancer risks. In this case BRCA1/2. Soon I imagine they will learn to appreciate the risk of Lynch Syndrome with their Endometrial cases. All of this could spell trouble for the cancer genetic counselors in this cou ... Read on »
The Wild Girls of Genetic Counseling by Sandi W. Patient Expert Posted Fri 12 Sep 2008 10:32am Today I went to the Cancer Genetics Program at Fancy Hospital to start finding out if I have either of the BRCA gene mutations, more common among us Ashkenazim than the general population. The mutations increase a person's risk for both breast and ovarian cancer. If I have the mutation, I'll send my right ovary into storage. (The left has already ... Read on »
BRCA1 and BRCA2: Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing by Cancer.gov Posted Thu 28 May 2009 9:00pm BRCA1 and BRCA2: Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing Key Points BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes that belong to a class of genes known as tumor suppressors. Mutation of these genes has been linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (see Question 1 ). A woman's risk of devel ... Read on »