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What is the Typical Process of Getting Post-Test Genetic Counseling?

When your results are back, your genetic counselor will contact you to review them over the phone, via telemedicine, or in-person. You are encouraged to ask clarifying questions to make sure you understand your results fully. Your genetic counselor will let you know if any follow-up or family testing is appropriate. They will send your results to the physicians of your choosing and provide you with a copy for your records. If a genetic diagnosis has been made, you can expect your physicians to review any medical management changes at your next visit with them.

If you have additional questions or do not remember a topic discussed at your result disclosure visit, you are encouraged to contact your genetic counselor. If you received uncertain results, be sure to stay in touch with your genetic counselor as classifications of mutations may change with time. As we learn more about genetics, it may be necessary to reanalyze your genetics report. Remember, your DNA does not change, but our interpretation of your DNA may get better with time. It is important to understand genetics is a new field of medicine and we do not have all the answers today.

If you want to learn more about the typical process of pre-test genetic counseling, you can read our blog post on this topic.

 

Written by Michelle Rochman, MS CGC

Edited by Celeste Suart, PhD

 

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