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Genetic Counseling

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Genetic counseling at Baylor Scott & White offers specially trained genetic counselors to help assess your risk of developing certain types of cancer, heart disease or other conditions.

We can identify individuals at an increased risk of cancer in order to:

  • Educate patients on different cancer risks
  • Recommend management techniques to prevent cancer or detect it earlier
  • Educate patients about possible cancer risks to family members

Who benefits from genetic counseling

  • One of the following cancer types at or under 50 years of age:
    • Breast cancer (females)
    • Uterine/endometrial cancer
    • Colorectal cancer
    • Renal cell cancer
  • Triple-negative breast cancer diagnosed at or under 60 years of age
  • One of the following cancer types at any age:
    • Pancreatic
    • Metastatic prostate
    • Ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer
    • Male breast cancer
    • Bilateral breast cancer
    • Medullary thyroid cancer
    • Papillary thyroid cancer with cribriform-morular variant
    • Renal cell cancer of the following types: papillary type 1 or 2, collecting duct histology, tubulopapillary, chromophobe, oncocytoma, or oncocytic hybrid
    • Pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma
  • Abnormal tumor testing result
  • History of 10 or more colon polyps throughout a lifetime
  • Individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry with breast, ovarian, prostate, or pancreatic cancer at any age
  • Two or more primary cancer diagnoses in the same individual
  • Three or more family members (on the same side of the family) with similar types of cancer such as:
    • Melanoma and pancreas
    • Breast and prostate
    • Colon, uterine, ovarian, stomach, small intestine, or bile duct
    • Lobular breast cancer and diffuse gastric cancer
    • Melanoma and astrocytoma
  • A person without cancer who has a first- or second-degree relative who meets any of the above criteria

What should I expect from genetic counseling

  • Collect personal and family health history
  • Assess the risk of having an inherited cancer syndrome
  • Educate on the link between genetics and cancer
  • Discuss the benefits and limitations of genetic testing
  • Discuss prevention, management, and recommendations based on results
  • Help patients understand how their result may affect their family members
  • Provide emotional support for patients struggling with a diagnosis
  • Offer information on resources and support organizations

To learn more about genetic counseling, visit the National Society of Genetic Counselor,

Other Genetic Counseling Services Offered

  • There are also appointment slots available for other adult-onset conditions such as alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hereditary hemochromatosis, polycystic kidney disease, Huntington disease, spinocerebellar ataxia, and frontotemporal dementia.
  • Kimberly Lane also takes part in the Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Clinic at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital - Plano. This clinic specializes in cardiovascular genetic counseling for those individuals with a personal or family history suspicious for an inherited cardiovascular concern such as cardiomyopathies, arrhythmias, and vascular aneurysms/dissections. Learn more about this clinic.
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