Kadlec Clinic - Genetic Counseling
Tue - Thur: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Kadlec offers genetic counseling services to help you and your family make informed choices about your genetic health and well-being. You’ll provide a complete family and medical history to discover how genetics may affect inherited conditions, pregnancies, or the chance of a disease developing.
We’re happy to see you with a referral from your physician. Your doctor can fax us an order, chart notes or any additional information. Once received, we’ll contact you to set up an appointment.
If needed, an interpreter is available for counseling sessions.
Kadlec Clinic - Genetic Counseling will help you determine which genetic tests may be right for you or your family. Here are the different kinds of testing we offer:
- Preconception – Testing before a woman gets pregnant to discover any health risks from a family history of known genetic conditions, birth defects or developmental delay
- Prenatal – Testing done during a pregnancy when a woman has an abnormal ultrasound or blood test to discover any potential birth defects (also see related service: Our Little Lambs grief support)
- Pediatric – Testing in infants or children suspected of having a genetic condition, birth defect, developmental delay, or a rare genetic syndrome
- Adult – Testing to discover if an adult is a carrier of a genetic condition, such as hereditary cancer, hemochromatosis (absorbing too much iron), hereditary thrombophilia (blood clots form too easily) or Huntington disease (progressive brain disorder)
- Our Little Lambs – This program offers grief support if you’ve lost a baby during any stage of pregnancy or infancy.
Our Kadlec specialists will help you determine if you’re at high risk of breast cancer.
- Formal Risk Assessment – Based on your personal and family history, you’ll receive your five-year and lifetime breast cancer risk calculations. If the risk exceeds 20%, you can join our High-Risk Breast Cancer Screening Program (HRBSP).
- Enrollment in HRBSP – Your electronic medical records in the Kadlec Health System will show you have enrolled in the High Risk Breast Screening Program.
- Your Management Plan – If your family history suggests inherited cancer, a genetic counselor will discuss the pros and cons of DNA testing for hereditary cancer. Annual breast cancer screening will begin when you are 30 or 10 years before the youngest breast cancer diagnosis in your family. Recommendations for breast cancer screening will include yearly mammograms and breast MRIs. You can also consult with both surgical and nonsurgical specialists.
- Education and Support – We will offer information on surveillance options, lifestyle changes and local and national resources for breast health.