An Unexpected Way to Save a Cancer Patient’s Life: Genetic Testing Prior to Drug Prescription

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The existence of adverse reactions to medical drugs has been burned into our collective psyche, from the fine print on every drug bottle, to the long list of side effects muttered quickly at the end of drug commercials. Often, we accept that while taking a drug may help you, there is a small risk it […]

Genetic Counseling Student Rotations

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The education of future genetic counselors has had to adapt to the changing social norms created by COVID and the increased need for remote rotation experiences. Since many hospitals and clinics have been unable to host students in person, graduate programs have begun focusing on telemedicine as well as enhanced exposure to non-clinical genetic counseling […]

Genetic Counselor poster presentations in 2020: the research goes on.

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During 2020, so many aspects of medical education and research changed because of the pandemic. Conferences adjusted and went virtual but still needed to continue to promote research and support continuing education. Genetic counselors with Genomic Services led and presented several projects at various meetings throughout 2020 and we would like to provide a summary […]

Quest Advanced™ Neurology gets Creative During COVID: Pivoting to Remote Teaching

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Quest Advanced Neurology recently launched a novel genetic counseling rotation developed by Sarah Witherington, CGC, Sr. Product Manager, that is dedicated to product management and other emerging career paths for genetic counselors. As many hospitals and clinics were unable to host students during this time of social isolation, Sarah quickly responded to create a remote […]

Hereditary Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women.1 Fortunately, treatment options are available that can help save lives. Finding breast cancer before it spreads to other parts of the body is key. Of women who get breast cancer, 90% will live for 5 years or more; when breast cancer is found early, […]

5 Ways Genetic Counselors are evolving during COVID-19

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We are all trying to get used to this new “normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing we can all agree on­—going forward, the healthcare industry will work differently. Although not typically on the “front lines” of critical care, the field of medical genetics still has patients with many important needs that must be met. […]

Raising Awareness of Fragile X Syndrome

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Fragile X syndrome, caused by an altered gene on the X chromosome, is inherited and there may be family characteristics that indicate if there is risk of carrying this altered gene.

Genetic Testing for Cancer Survivors

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It is important for cancer survivors to talk to their healthcare providers about genetic testing on a regular basis.