Genetic Counseling and Testing

Jan 1, 2019
Health Equity

Welcome to the Genetic Counseling and Testing page of Norton Community Medical Associates! Our experienced team is here to provide you with comprehensive genetic counseling and testing services that can play a crucial role in your health. We understand that genetic conditions and their implications can be overwhelming, and we are committed to offering the support and information you need to make informed decisions about your well-being.

What is Genetic Counseling?

Genetic counseling is a specialized healthcare service that involves evaluating an individual or family's risk for inherited conditions or genetic disorders. Our trained genetic counselors work closely with you to review your medical history, assess your genetic risks, and provide personalized guidance regarding the likelihood of developing or passing on specific conditions.

The Benefits of Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling offers numerous benefits to individuals and families. By understanding your genetic risks, you can make informed decisions about reproductive options, family planning, and medical management. The key advantages of genetic counseling include:

1. Personalized Risk Assessment

Our genetic counselors will analyze your medical history, family history, and genetic test results (if applicable) to assess your risk of developing genetic conditions. This personalized risk assessment empowers you to take proactive steps and make informed decisions about your health.

2. Clear Understanding of Genetic Conditions

Genetic counseling sessions provide you with a clear understanding of the genetic conditions that may affect you or your family members. Our counselors explain the potential implications, inheritance patterns, and available management options for specific genetic disorders. This knowledge can help you and your loved ones navigate potential challenges with confidence.

3. Preconception and Prenatal Planning

If you are planning to start a family or already expecting, genetic counseling can be invaluable. Our counselors will discuss preconception and prenatal testing options, providing you with detailed information to make informed decisions about reproductive choices and necessary medical interventions to ensure the health of your child.

Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is a powerful tool that helps identify changes or mutations in your genes, chromosomes, or proteins. These tests provide valuable insights into your risk for certain genetic conditions and inform personalized treatment and management strategies. Our genetic counselors will guide you through the process of genetic testing by:

1. Detailed Test Explanation

Our genetic counselors will explain the purpose, benefits, and limitations of each specific genetic test. It is crucial to have a thorough understanding of the test before deciding to proceed with it. We ensure that all your questions and concerns are addressed to make you feel comfortable and well-informed.

2. Test Interpretation

Once the test results are available, our knowledgeable genetic counselors will interpret and explain the findings in a clear and understandable manner. This will help you comprehend the significance of the results and make informed decisions about treatment, preventive measures, or surveillance plans, if necessary.

3. Genetic Counseling and Support

Regardless of the test results, our genetic counselors provide ongoing counseling and support, ensuring that you have the resources and information necessary to navigate any potential challenges related to genetic conditions. We are here to address your concerns, offer guidance, and connect you with relevant support groups or specialists if needed.

Why Choose Norton Community Medical Associates for Genetic Counseling and Testing?

At Norton Community Medical Associates, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of genetic counseling and testing services. Here's why you can trust us:

1. Expertise and Experience

Our genetic counseling team consists of highly trained and experienced professionals who are dedicated to providing exceptional care. We stay updated with the latest advancements in genetics and genetic testing to offer you the most accurate and reliable information.

2. Personalized Approach

We understand that each patient is unique, and we tailor our services to meet your individual needs. Our genetic counselors take the time to understand your concerns, answer your questions, and ensure that you have the support required throughout your genetic counseling and testing journey.

3. Comprehensive Services

Norton Community Medical Associates offers a wide range of genetic counseling and testing services for various genetic conditions, including inherited cancer syndromes, cardiovascular disorders, neurologic conditions, and more. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive, precise, and actionable information to support your healthcare decisions.

4. Collaborative Approach

We work closely with other specialists within Norton Community Medical Associates and external providers to ensure seamless coordination of care. Our collaborative approach allows us to provide you with integrated healthcare solutions and access to additional resources, if needed.

If you are searching for reliable genetic counseling and testing services, look no further than Norton Community Medical Associates. Our team is here to guide you through every step of the process, empowering you to make informed decisions and take control of your health journey. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about our comprehensive genetic counseling and testing services.