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AT-GC partners with organizations that want to integrate cutting-edge genetics services into the care they provide to their patient population.
- Genetic Testing Laboratories
- Health Plans and Insurers
- Academic Institutions
- Medical Providers and Practices
- Hospitals and Health Systems
- Individual Patients
AT-GC provides comprehensive counseling across the genetics spectrum from genetics professionals who are expertly trained in their respective fields and specialties, including:
AT-GC offers a solution to meet the recommendations set forth by the Commission on Cancer and the NAPBC. We are capable of effectively counseling patients who may benefit from genetic assessment, and implementing the testing process for those patients who will be appropriate candidates for single- or multi-gene panels. Preventatively, we also encourage the counseling of family members who may have a significantly increased risk for certain cancers when a genetic mutation associated with one of the many hereditary cancer syndromes has been identified in the family. As genetic counselors specializing in oncology, we are expertly trained to provide comprehensive genetic counseling services for those cancer centers that do not have a licensed and certified genetic counselor on staff, as well as those wishing to scale their genetic counseling offerings for oncology.
Genetic counseling access is a requirement for those centers accredited through the Commission on Cancer, which, in Standard 2.3, defines genetic counseling and risk assessment of cancer as “the processes to identify and counsel people at risk for familial or hereditary cancer syndromes. The purposes of genetic counseling are to educate patients about their likelihood to develop cancers, assist them in obtaining personal meaning from cancer genetic information, and empower them to make educated, informed decisions about genetic testing, cancer screening, and cancer prevention. Cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling involves pre-test and post-test counseling1.” It also states that these services should be “performed by a genetics professional with an educational background in cancer genetics and hereditary cancer syndromes and extensive experience in counseling, to provide accurate risk assessment and empathetic genetic counseling to patients with cancer and their families1.”
With nearing 100 commonly tested genes associated with hereditary cancers and increased risk for malignancy, it is often difficult to stay abreast of the latest genetic information that may have implications for patients with cancer and their family members. The genetic counselors at AT-GC are experienced in providing empathetic and thorough patient care with expertise in ordering and interpreting cutting-edge genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes.
Reproductive Health and Fertility
Preconception and Prenatal genetics
We offer comprehensive preconception and prenatal genetic counseling services for patients with genetic conditions in the family, those seeking preconception or prenatal screening and diagnostic tests, high-risk pregnancies in which genetic counseling is recommended, couples who have difficulty conceiving or patients with difficulty maintaining a pregnancy, those whose ultrasound is suspicious for a potential genetic condition, patients undergoing invasive diagnostic procedures, as well as those who may have general questions regarding how genetics can impact their children. Additional reasons for a genetics referral may include pregnancies with known or suspected genetic conditions present in the fetus, a history of genetic disorder, birth defect, or developmental delay in either parent or their extended family, previous genetic carrier screening indicating that the fetus is at risk to have inherited a genetic disorder, or a background leading to a higher risk of certain genetic conditions such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, or Tay-Sachs and other genetic conditions.
Carrier Screening and Newborn Screening
Patients should also be referred when there is a personal or family history of multiple family members with the same type of heart disease, coronary artery disease in multiple family members, congenital heart disease, familial thoracic aneurysms, sudden cardiac death or unexplained death in young patients.
The determination of these guidelines highlights the importance of identification and appropriate genetics referral and evaluation for a range of cardiac conditions. Due to the potential important implications of genetic testing, certain health plan policies require pre- and post-test genetic counseling by a trained genetics professional as a condition for genetic testing coverage. AT-GC offers cardiac genetic counseling for patients nationwide that may otherwise lack access to genetic counselors.
2. HRS/EHRA expert consensus statement on the state of genetic testing for the channelopathies and cardiomyopathies. Heart Rhythm 2011; 8:1308–1339.
3. Genetics and Cardiovascular Disease. A Policy Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation 2012;126:142–157.