Ovarian Cancer Information
What is a Gynecologic Oncologist?
- A gynecologic oncologist is a gynecologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of women with cancer of the reproductive organs.
- After completing a 4 year residency in obstetrics and gynecology, gynecologic oncologists must complete an additional 3 year fellowship specializing in pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions.
- They learn the highest surgical skills levels required to properly stage and remove the majority of the tumor, know as debulking, as well as chemotherapy and radiation therapy techniques.
- To find a gynecologic oncologist outside of the Kansas City area, visit the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and click on Find-a-Doc.
What is a Genetic Counselor?
- Traditionally, a genetic counselor has a master’s degree in genetic counseling and has studied genetic diseases and how those diseases run in families.
- The genetic counselor can help a person understand their risk and can assess the risk of passing their disease on to children.
- They will discuss genetic testing, coordinate testing, and interpret those results.
- Genetic counselors work as part of a health care team to help people make informed decisions about their health.
- To find a genetic counselor outside of the Kansas City area, visit the National Society of Genetic Counselors and click on Find a Counselor.
If you have a family history, a discussion with a certified genetic counselor will give you information on potential benefits, limitations and risks of genetic testing.
The cost for genetic testing can cost up to several thousand dollars. Insurance policies vary with regard to whether they cover the cost. People who are considering genetic testing may want to find out more about their particular insurance company’s policies as well as the privacy protection laws in their state before submitting the charge for the test.