Genetic counseling has given me the information I need to feel like I’m in control of my health. Since I know I’m at high risk for cancer, I get regular screenings. My kids will get counseling as soon as they are 18.”
– Emmi, Breast Cancer Survivor

Genetic Counseling

Rocky Mountain Oncology Center provides genetic counseling to individuals with a personal and/or family history of cancer. Many cancers occur by chance, but as many as 10% of cancers are caused by an inherited gene mutation. People who carry one of these mutations may have an increased chance to develop cancer and also may pass the genetic mutation on to their children. Our cancer genetics program helps to identify people at risk for hereditary cancer and to provide education to reduce that risk, including cancer screening, education on cancer prevention, and cancer risk-reduction planning.

You may want to consider genetic counseling if you have:

  • A cancer diagnosis at an early age (before the age of 50)
  • Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry
  • Multiple primary cancers
  • A family history of multiple cases of cancer on the same side of the family
  • Rare cancers (such as ovarian cancer or male breast cancer)
  • Concerns about genetics and cancer

What to Expect

Genetic counseling typically occurs over 2-3 visits. The first visit usually lasts 60 minutes with subsequent visits lasting 15-30 minutes.
The cost for genetic counseling, including all visits, is $150 payable at the time of the first visit. We do not bill insurance directly for this service, but we will provide a receipt that can be submitted to insurance.
During the first visit, our genetic counselor will review medical history and family history information. She will also explain basic information concerning genetics, the genes associated with an increased risk for cancer, testing options, and management options.
The genetic counselor will perform a cancer risk assessment based on the information provided and will discuss the chance that the cancer in your family may be caused by a gene. Depending on the risk, any genetic testing that could be helpful for you and your family will also be discussed.
If genetic testing is indicated, and you decide to pursue testing, blood draws for genetic testing will be performed at a subsequent visit. The cost of genetic testing varies, but may be covered by insurance. Results from testing typically take 2-4 weeks and a final visit will be scheduled with the genetic counselor to review your test results and discuss any management or follow up recommendations. You will receive a copy of all your results to share with other members of your healthcare team and/or your family. 

Rebecca Pollack, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor

Schedule an appointment

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, you can call us at 307-235-5433.