What is Genetic Counseling?
Genetic counseling provides information and support for individuals with an inherited or genetic risk for cancer. The relatively new and up-and-coming trend in healthcare professions, genetic counseling provides the opportunity to explore family history, genetics, and other factors and how they play a role in the risk of cancer.
While complex and filled with research, this field can be beneficial to many individuals with an extensive family history of cancer, or pre-disposed conditions that could increase their risk of the disease.
How We Can Help
The Cancer Center at Harrington has a new genetics counselor. We can help an individual understand his/her risk for hereditary cancer by:
- Reviewing family history of cancer
- Explaining risk for hereditary cancers (such as breast and ovarian cancer, colon cancer risks, and other cancers in the family) and the chance of finding a cancer-causing change (mutation) in a gene
- Discussing benefits and limitations of genetic testing
- Outlining possible medical management options to discuss with your physician
- Interpreting genetic testing results for you and implications for family members
- Providing resources and support
You will be able to make an informed decision about genetic testing after your appointment.
To schedule an appointment, please call 508-764-2400.
About our Counselor
Asma Rashid, MS, CGC, is a licensed genetics counselor in Massachusetts and board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counselors. Asma attended Mount Holyoke College for her undergraduate degree and then the University of Arizona for a master’s in Genetics. She has specialized as a cancer genetic counselor for over 10 years. Asma is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.