Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Offers Genetic Counseling

2 years 11 months 2 weeks ago June 07, 2013 Jun 7, 2013 Friday, June 07 2013 Friday, June 07, 2013 12:11:00 PM CDT in News
By: Jen Lask

COLUMBIA - The Ellis Fischel Cancer Center said Friday almost 10 percent of cancers result from hereditary traits.

At the center, certified genetic counselor Stacey Miller has worked with patients and their families to understand the risks of inheriting specific cancers. Doctors swab patients' cheeks or take blood samples in order to test DNA for specific mutations. From there, Miller presents screening, treatment and prevention options to her patients. 

"If people know they have these risks, they can take great measures with early screening, taking medicines and other preventative measures to actually stop the legacy of cancer that's tracking through their family," Miller said.

Miller called her work cancer risk assessment. She said she would begin by simply talking to her patients.

"I like to find out what got them here, what are their goals and objectives for the meeting," Miller said. "The overall goal of the genetic counseling process is to look at different aspects of cancer risk. Are there any personal factors? Are there any obvious environmental factors?"

From there, Miller presents her patients and their family members with different options, including testing. She did stress, however, that testing is a personal choice, and by no means mandatory.

According to the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, cancer risk assessment involves the following steps: 

  1. Collecting a detailed cancer-focused personal and family medical history,
  2. Determining whether the history is suggestive of an inherited cancer syndrome,
  3. Providing patient education and answering questions about cancer testing.
  4. Assessing a person's risk of developing cancer and reviewing medical management options, with or without genetic testing,
  5. Providing psychosocial support and facilitating communication between patients and their families,
  6. Relaying risk assessment information to the patient's physician.

 

More News

Grid
List
PULASKI - Only one 911 line is operational at the Pulaski County Call Center after a lightning strike damaged the... More >>
5 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 10:12:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri said it has seen an increase in people needing food... More >>
6 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:10:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - MU School of Medicine research revealed that factors other than mental illness could lead to criminal acts of... More >>
7 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 8:11:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City Fire Department investigation attributes the deaths of two firefighters at least partly on... More >>
8 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:37:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Charges were filed against a driver in relation to a police chase in Jefferson City on Tuesday.... More >>
9 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 6:57:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Economic Development (MDED) named Boone County the fastest-growing county in the state of Missouri... More >>
10 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 5:56:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The next time drivers head down Grindstone Parkway in Columbia, they may notice a sign telling them to... More >>
10 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 5:39:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway said a state board created to advocate for small businesses against government... More >>
10 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 5:38:00 PM CDT in News
REPUBLIC (AP) — A southwestern Missouri prosecutor said a police officer acted in self-defense when he shot and killed an... More >>
12 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 4:02:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the St. Louis shooting death of an 8-month-old boy and the search for... More >>
12 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:50:00 PM CDT in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A former Missouri man serving a 20-year sentence for killing his estranged wife and burying her... More >>
12 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:46:42 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – As part of an effort to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon... More >>
12 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:41:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Beef prices are decreasing. This comes just in time for Memorial Day weekend. According to the Bureau... More >>
12 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:40:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Supreme Court judges say the state doesn't owe two retired judges who later asked for... More >>
13 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:05:08 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld two laws that limit the ability of local governments to... More >>
13 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 2:45:04 PM CDT in News
HALLSVILLE – The 2016 Bianchi Cup Action Pistol Championship started Tuesday, attracting competitive shooters from across the world to mid-Missouri.... More >>
13 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 2:35:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri violent and property crime rates are both higher than the national average. The office of the... More >>
14 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 1:52:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia is set to become one of the first communities in the country to join a... More >>
14 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 1:32:16 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 61°
5am 63°
6am 64°
7am 66°
8am 69°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

4:00a
Early Today
4:30a
KOMU 8 News Today
5:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
4:00a
Paid Program
4:30a
Paid Program
5:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Heartbeat
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00p
Chicago P.D.
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld