Genetic counseling guides and supports patients seeking information about how inherited diseases and conditions might affect them or their families. Our Genetic Counselor Laura Fisher, MS, CGC, is a Certified Genetic Counselor at Windsong Medical Alliance, PLLC. Laura received a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Boston University. As a genetic counselor, Laura educates individuals, assesses risk and helps patients to interpret the results. Laura’s expertise helps patients determine if they should pursue testing at all.

As Laura stated, “With genetic testing for inherited cancer predisposition becoming more widely available and increasingly complex, it is my goal to provide patients with the counseling and education needed to help them make informed decisions.”

Laura Fisher, MS, CGC

Genetic Counseling and Testing in Buffalo

The genes we are born with may contribute to our risk of developing certain types of cancer, including breast, ovarian, colorectal, and prostate cancer. In some genes, a change in DNA structure has been linked to cancer. These mutations can be identified by genetic testing. Although some people are genetically predisposed to developing certain types of cancer, many cases of cancers develop by chance. A list of frequently asked questions can be found here. For additional information on genetic counseling, please visit Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered or FORCE website here.

The Windsong Breast Care Hereditary Cancer Risk Program is a new program which concentrates on hereditary risk assessment, genetic testing, and screening plans based on individualized risk assessment. Our specially trained genetic counselor can discuss ways to minimize cancer risk or ensure early detection of cancer, when there is the greatest chance of a cure.

How do my genes impact my cancer risk? 

Cancer is usually caused by gene mutations. Changes in genes or somatic mutations may arise as a natural consequence of aging. They may also arise when a cell’s DNA has been damaged. These acquired mutations are not passed on from parents to their children.

A different type of mutation called a hereditary mutation, or germline mutation is usually inherited from one or both of the person’s parents. These mutations are present in nearly every cell of the body and can be passed down in families. Although carrying these hereditary mutations does not necessarily mean a person will get cancer, it does increase their risk of developing the disease at some point during their lifetime.

If you have a family history of cancer, or if you would like to find out whether you or a family member has an increased likelihood of developing cancer, the genetic counseling and testing frequently asked questions may help you to better understand how the information can help you and your doctor in making important treatment decisions.

Do you have a personal or family history of cancer?

Genetic counseling and testing can help individuals better understand their risks for certain types of cancer. An appointment with a genetic counselor includes analysis of a person’s medical and family histories. Genetic counselors are also trained to educate patients about testing options, management and prevention. They also discuss the impact results may have on family members.

It is crucial to have this complex information explained by a specialized provider. The cancer genetic counseling program at Windsong, an affiliate of Windsong, is committed to providing patients with the information they need to make an informed decision.

Genetic counseling and testing may be considered for individuals with a personal or strong family history of cancer. Patients that have a personal or family history of one or more of the following may be appropriate for genetic counseling:

Breast and Ovarian Cancer

  • Breast cancer diagnosed at age 50 or younger
  • Ovarian cancer at any age
  • Three or more relatives with breast or ovarian cancer at any age
  • Triple-negative breast cancer at age 60 or younger
  • Bilateral breast cancer or multiple primary breast cancers
  • Breast and ovarian cancer in the same individual
  • Male breast cancer
  • Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry
  • Known genetic mutation in a family member

Colorectal and Endometrial Cancer

  • Colorectal cancer diagnosed at age 50 or younger
  • Endometrial cancer diagnosed at age 50 or younger
  • Three or more relatives with colorectal cancer and/or endometrial cancer
  • Known genetic mutation in a family member

Our genetic counselor works closely with the laboratory and a patient’s insurance company to obtain authorization for genetic testing. For more information please call (716) 626-6300.

(Many patients tested at Windsong pay $100 or less for genetic testing.)

Genetic Counseling Services at Windsong Genetics

FAQ:
How do my genes impact my cancer risk?
Do you have a personal or family history of cancer?
What happens at a genetic counseling appointment?
How much does genetic counseling and genetic testing cost, and will insurance cover it?
What does the genetic testing involve?
I only have cancer on my dad’s side of the family. Can I still be at an increased risk?
How will genetic testing help me if I already have/had cancer?
Can my genetic test results impact my family?
Can genetic counseling help me if I don’t know anything about my family history?
Am I a good candidate for genetic counseling?
What can I do to prepare for my upcoming genetic counseling appointment?
How can I schedule an appointment?

Request an Appointment

Patient Date Of Birth (Required)

Windsong staff will contact you to set up your appointment after you submit your request with preferred dates and times. Please wait for confirmation.


Preferred Day and Time

Location

 

© Copyright 2019 – Windsong Genetic Counseling & Testing