Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 223–244 | Cite as

BRCA1 Testing: Genetic Counseling Protocol Development and Counseling Issues

  • Bonnie Jeanne Baty
  • Vickie L. Venne
  • Jamie McDonald
  • Robert T. Croyle
  • Corinne Halls
  • Jean E. Nash
  • Jeffrey R. Botkin
Article

Abstract

This article discusses the genetic counseling protocols which were developed and counseling issues that have arisen in the first 2 years of evaluating a large kindred with a BRCA1 mutation. The rationale for the development of the genetic counseling protocols and specific genetic counseling visual aids are presented and discussed. The protocols and counseling aids can serve as models for other programs offering cancer susceptibility testing. The observations of study counselors about study subject concerns and responses to genetic testing at the time of the pretest and posttest counseling sessions are presented.

cancer susceptibility testing BRCA1 genetic counseling cancer predisposition 

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© National Society of Genetic Counselors, Inc. 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bonnie Jeanne Baty
    • 1
  • Vickie L. Venne
    • 2
  • Jamie McDonald
    • 3
  • Robert T. Croyle
    • 4
  • Corinne Halls
    • 5
  • Jean E. Nash
    • 6
  • Jeffrey R. Botkin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of UtahSalt Lake City
  2. 2.Huntsman Cancer InstituteUniversity of UtahSalt Lake City
  3. 3.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake City
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake City
  5. 5.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of UtahSalt Lake City
  6. 6.Department of Human GeneticsUniversity of UtahSalt Lake City

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