What is the difference between genetic counseling and testing?
You typically meet with a genetic counselor in your genetic counseling appointment to discuss your medical history and they can help determine if a genetic test is right for you. A genetic test is a medical test requiring a saliva (spit) or cheek swab sample. You can meet with your genetic counselor after a genetic test to review the results.
Genetic counseling can help you and your family understand if a genetic abnormality may be causing you or your loved one’s symptoms. Not all genetic conditions are passed on from parent to child. Whether you have a family history or not, genetic counseling can help. Identifying the underlying cause of you or your loved one’s symptoms has many benefits that may include improving treatment plans.
Working with a genetic counselor can ensure that you or your loved ones get the testing needed.
Genetic counselors can:
Consider using this guide to help you keep track of medical information so you are prepared for a productive conversation with your doctor.
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This discussion guide is designed as a booklet for you to print double-sided, fold in half, and bring with you to use as a reference during your genetic counseling appointment.