Genetic Counseling Support

If you or a family member is considering being tested for Fabry disease, genetic counselors can provide information and support before, during, and after the test. Genetic counselors are trained to help individuals as they consider being tested, when the results are received, and in the weeks and months afterward. They are specialized healthcare professionals with experience in medical genetics and counseling.

How a genetic counselor can help

Before testing, counselors can provide balanced information so you can make an informed decision about testing. They can also help individuals and family members to be psychologically prepared to cope with a positive test result.

If test results are positive, counselors can help the individual and their family adjust to the test results, and can assist them with understanding whatever specialist follow-up is necessary.

To help decide whether you or your family could benefit from genetic counseling, you may wish to visit the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) website. Find answers to frequently asked questions, and learn how to find a genetic counselor near you.

Supporting informed choices

Before testing, counselors can provide balanced information so you can make an informed decision about testing. They can also help individuals and family members to be psychologically prepared to cope with a positive test result.

About family medical trees

A family medical tree is method of tracing the way genes are passed through families. It resembles the family tree you might construct at a genealogy website, except that it also includes medical information. Geneticists and genetic counselors can use your family’s medical tree to help counsel your family, as well as to help your physician diagnose the disease and identify members of your family who may be at risk.

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Video: What to Expect from Genetic Counseling

Catherine Bove, a Nurse Genetic Specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses how a genetic counselor can help individuals and families through the process of deciding who should get tested.