Genetic Counselor Kimberly Banks introduces herself and explains genetic counseling.
Genetic Counselor Kimberly Banks:
My name is Kimberly Banks. I am Program Coordinator and one of the Genetic Counselors for St. Joseph Hospital Cancer Genetics Program. The Cancer Genetics Program is an outpatient consultative service where we meet with patients who are usually referred by a physician to work up the question of, “Is there a genetic contribution to cancer in their family?”
A genetic counselor is a master’s-level, board certified healthcare professional. We meet with patients and/or their family to help them understand and adapt to genetic information related to disease. So, we assess and interpret family history for potential genetic disease. We provide patient education for the suspected or diagnosed hereditary syndrome, the testing process, the possible results, what those results mean for them and their family members, as well as then adapt to the information that they learn from the genetic testing, make recommendations for their care, prevention options, and identify resources or other research that may apply.
And the goal is really, to help patients make informed choices, informed decisions about genetic testing, and how to incorporate that information into their healthcare management.
About Kimberly Banks, M.S., C.G.C.:
Kimberly Banks, M.S., C.G.C., is the Program Coordinator and a Genetic Counselor at The Cancer Genetics Program in The Center For Cancer Prevention and Treatment at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California. Kimberly received her master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from California State University, Northridge, and conducted her fellowship at City of Hope National Medical Center. She is board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.
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