Labcorp's genetic counselors translate and communicate genetic information into practical, understandable terms. They identify genetic risks, explain appropriate genetic testing options, discuss the implications of test results, and help patients make thoughtful genetic health care decisions.
With more than 25 years of experience in Women's Health, Labcorp offers the largest national commercial network of genetic counselors. We provide a broad range of counseling services, including those for prenatal and preconception, infertility, and hereditary cancer care. We offer two types of counseling: a comprehensive session and a session specific to a patient’s results.
Typically, a genetic counseling session is an in-person, audio or video conversation between a patient and a genetic counselor that can be up to 30 minutes in length. Together, the genetic counselor and patient can review general genetic concepts and discuss pertinent family and medical history, results of any testing performed and any relevant follow-up testing that should be considered.
We offer two types of genetic counseling: Genetic results counseling and comprehensive genetic counseling.
Genetic results counseling is a targeted discussion between the patient and a genetic counselor about the results of Labcorp testing. This service can be implemented into your practice to help streamline and support results delivery, informed decision-making and patient care.
Comprehensive genetic counseling includes a more in-depth discussion with a genetic counselor. Topics may include personal and family medical histories, as well as education about genetic risk factors and appropriate testing options.
Genetic results counseling and comprehensive genetic counseling sessions can typically be billed to a patient's insurance, although coverage will depend on the patient’s plan.
Genetic counseling is an option for anyone who is considering genetic testing or screening or wants to discuss the results of genetic testing. For some patients the testing process may be complex, and it is important to have a trusted source to help answer questions.
Reproductive genetic counseling can help patients better understand reproductive risks that may be related to a genetic cause. It can also help patients better understand fertility challenges, infertility or abnormal prenatal genetic screening results. Hereditary cancer counseling is commonly indicated for those with a family history of breast, ovarian or colorectal cancer (especially at an early age), or patients who have a family member with a previously identified hereditary cancer mutation.
A patient may be referred to genetic counseling for a common indication, such as abnormal reproductive or prenatal genetic screening results, or for hereditary cancer or family history of cancer. Patients may also be referred following a diagnosis of a genetic condition to provide information and improve understanding of the condition, and to discuss potential implications to future family planning.
Genetic counseling can be valuable to any practice that routinely orders genetic screening or diagnostic testing for their patients. These sessions can help translate and communicate genetic information using practical, understandable terms, supporting patients as they make thoughtful genetic healthcare decisions. By incorporating genetic counseling into your practice, whether in-person/in-house or through a telegenetic platform, you can spend more time focusing on your patients' care and streamline your workflow.