Genetic counseling is the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. This process integrates:
- Interpretation of family and medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence.
- Education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research.
- Counseling to promote informed choices and adaptation to the risk or condition.
Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center provides genetic counseling services for cancer patients and their families. While rare, inherited forms of cancer do exist, our genetic counselor helps identify individual patients and family members at-risk for developing these types of cancers. Assessing this risk may alleviate undue concerns and encourage families to adopt appropriate lifestyle changes, receive frequent screenings and diagnostic tests, and learn about prevention. Our genetic counselor, Bronson Riley, M.S., C.G.C., works with the patient’s oncologist to provide cancer risk assessment, education, counseling and genetic testing services, when appropriate.