Genetic counseling for hereditary cancer: a pilot study on experiences of patients and family members.


Recent advances in the identification of genetic abnormalities associated with certain types of cancer have stimulated the development of screening and counseling programs for hereditary and familial forms of cancer. In 1995, such a program was established in a collaboration between three familial cancer clinics in Amsterdam. Given the potential impact of genetic screening and counseling on the psychosocial health of participants, it was considered essential that the program be evaluated from its inception to determine the participants' satisfaction with the services provided. A pilot study was initiated in which individuals who received genetic counseling for cancer were asked to provide feedback on the perceived quality of the services provided, and to identify areas in which additional services may be required. Preliminary results based on 36 counseled individuals indicated generally high levels of satisfaction with the care provided by the clinical geneticist and with the procedures at the familial cancer clinics. Several areas were identified that deserve additional attention: (1) the role of the family doctor in the genetic counseling; (2) communication of information regarding the possible impact of genetic counseling and testing on daily life; (3) communication between the clinical geneticist and other health care workers, and (4) psychosocial support during and after the process of genetic counseling.

More about this publication

Patient education and counseling
  • Volume 32
  • Issue nr. 1-2
  • Pages 107-16
  • Publication date 14-11-1997

This site uses cookies

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.