Genetic Counselor - Cancer Research
Categories: Allied Health Professionals
Department: Simmons Cncr Ctr Gntcs
Full/Part Time/PRN: Full-Time
Experience and Education
Obtains and examines personal and family medical histories to determine likelihood of genetic problems; requests and reviews medical records; constructs family histories in computer drawn pedigree form; interprets data for genetic risks to patient and other family members.
Assists patients and families in reaching decisions about genetic disorders that do not conflict with their religious or ethical values; assists patients and/or their families to understand genetic predisposition disease, including options and limitations of prevention strategies; counsels patients on potential adverse affects of positive gene test; discusses limitations of negative gene test(s).
Establishes patient referrals to appropriate individuals or clinics for genetic screening as required.
Arranges for appropriate genetic testing, including contacting laboratory, arranging sample collection, transporting of samples, and receiving results.
Conducts research on various genetic disorder studies with complete responsibility for initiating, locating, contacting/recruiting, and updating demographic and family medical history.
Prepares written summaries of encounters/studies with patients and family members; proofs and files research records and/or medical records as appropriate.
Reviews all cases encountered with principal investigator or physician.
Provides longitudinal follow-up with patients who have previously undergone testing; provides written summaries to patients as appropriate.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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