At the Genetic Counseling Clinic at Porter Adventist Hospital patients meet with Josie Kagey, a trained genetic counselor. She conducts a personal cancer and/or genetic risk assessment for each patient and coordinates genetic testing, as needed. The information gained from genetic counseling and/or genetic testing can help individuals and their families make medical decisions about how to manage their risk for cancer and/or other genetic diseases.
At your appointment, you will discuss your cancer and/or genetic risks, as well as, your risk of having a genetic condition in your family. If genetic testing is warranted and you would like to proceed with testing, we will work with the lab and your insurance company to see if testing will be a covered benefit. If testing will be covered, you will proceed with either a blood draw or saliva collection and will be asked to return to the clinic when your results are available.
If you receive genetic counseling you are under no obligation to pursue genetic testing and may take as much time as you need to decide whether genetic testing is right for you.
Note: If your family and personal history meet certain criteria specified by your insurance company, you may proceed with a blood draw immediately after your initial consult.
Once you have scheduled your appointment with the Genetic Counseling Clinic, you will need to complete our online family history questionnaire prior to your appointment.
Completing this questionnaire allows your genetic counselor to be better prepared for your appointment and to provide you with a more accurate risk assessment.
Please complete the questionnaire to the best of your ability.
Refer a Patient
At the Genetic Counseling Clinic, we look forward to working with our physician colleagues to provide information and arrange for necessary genetic testing.
If you are a physician needing to refer a patient to the Genetic Counseling Clinic, please complete the following:
Completed forms should be faxed to 303-778-5293. Your patient will be scheduled as soon as the Referral Form has been received.
Note: Please fax any applicable health records along with your referral including: previous genetic test results, pathology reports, physical exam notes, etc.
If you need to refer a patient for urgent genetic counseling and genetic testing, please fax the referral form above and make sure to check the “needs to be seen as soon as possible” box.