The Penrose Hereditary Cancer Service provides genetic counselors. These cancer genetic counselors specialize in educating individuals about inherited cancer risks. The genetic counselors at Penrose Hereditary Cancer Service are experts at family history assessment. Personalized risks are estimated for each patient seen in our service, based on their medical and family histories. These estimates are used to:
- Determine the patient's chance of developing cancer in the near future and over a lifetime.
- The chance for cancer determines risk management options.
- Management may include special screenings, surgeries, or medications.
- Determine the patient's chance for an inherited predisposition to cancer.
- If this risk is high, genetic lab testing is an option.
- Certain inherited gene changes greatly increase cancer risk.
Our genetic counselors discuss risks and management options with each patient. A written summary of the discussion is sent to the patient and his/her referring provider. The patient and provider can then develop an individualized risk-management plan.
Detailed information about family history and genetic risks empower patients to reduce their cancer risks, or to detect cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages. Looking to the past, we can change the future.
For more information, please contact one of our genetic couselors at (719) 776-5279
Before her 14-year career as a genetic counselor, Kate Crow served as a public health administrator in Kansas City, MO and volunteered as an interpretive ranger at the Great Sand Dunes. She received her B.S. in mocrobiology from Kansas State University, then earned her M.S. in genetic counseliing at Indiana University. She has eight years of experience in prenatal, pediatric and adult genetics.