The Cancer Genetics Program of GHS Cancer Institute is led by Dr. Carla Jorgensen and Dr. Kim H. Yee and is staffed by three board-certified genetic counselors. The goals of the program are to identify individuals and families who are at increased risk for hereditary cancer; offer options for genetic testing, screening, and medical management based on the individual and family histories; and reduce the chance for developing certain types of cancer by personalizing screening and risk-reduction plans.
The GHS Cancer Institute has three board-certified genetic counselors who provide this service for all potentially inherited cancers. To make an appointment, please request that your physician refer you for cancer genetic counseling. Referral form
Monday Medical Minute
Lindsay Metcalf discusses the Genetic Counseling Program on the Monday Medical Minute.
Already have an appointment for genetic counseling?
Please bring the following items to your appointment:
- Your medical history form Click here
- Your insurance card.
- If a family member has already had genetic testing, a copy of the test report may be required. We understand that this is not always possible. Please call the genetic counselors at 864-455-5836 if you cannot bring the test report(s) to your appointment.
We request that patients arrive 15 minutes early for registration. If you are running late or need to cancel or reschedule, please call 864-455-1346 (Greenville) or 864-699-5700 (Spartanburg) to notify the staff.
For patients visiting us in Greenville: We are located at Entrance #8 on the Greenville Memorial Medical Campus (Faris Road). When you enter Entrance #8, we are the building straight ahead (Bi-Lo Charities Children’s Cancer Center). Pull into the Cancer Center garage to park, and enter the front of the building (ground floor, facing Faris Road). Take the elevator up to the 1st Floor (Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship/Moving ON Oncology Rehabilitation). Turn left when you leave the elevator, then look for the check in desk on your right.
For patients visiting us in Spartanburg: We are located near the Mary Black Hospital campus and the Spartanburg Day School. The turn for Dillon Drive is directly across from the entrance to Brookdale Assisted Living Facility, which is very near the traffic light at Floyd Road and Skylyn Drive. After you turn onto Dillon Drive, look for the bright green GHS Cancer Institute sign on your right and park in the lot in front of the building. Check in at the front desk.
What happens on your initial visit with a genetic counselor?
- Detailed information will be gathered about who in the family has had cancer, what types of cancer, and their ages of diagnosis. If you do not know your family history, it is still okay to keep your genetic counseling appointment.
- Assessment of the likelihood that a hereditary cancer syndrome may be responsible for the cancer in your family.
- Discussion of your risk for developing cancer, options for high-risk screening and cancer prevention.
- Genetic testing is your choice. We will review benefits, limitations and risks of genetic testing and help you make the right decision about whether to pursue it. This includes a discussion about how testing is performed, which laboratories are used, test costs and whether or not your health insurance plan will cover testing.
- If testing is pursued, a simple tube of blood or saliva can be collected during the visit. The genetic counselor contacts patients directly with test results. A follow-up appointment may be scheduled with Dr. Jorgensen and/or other specialists to discuss test results and how to manage related cancer risks.
Will my insurance cover genetic counseling and testing?
The genetic counseling office visit is billed separately from any genetic tests that may be ordered. The office visit is billed using the 96040 code and we recommend that you verify coverage with your insurer. Preauthorization is required in some cases. If so, it is your responsibility to ensure that your referring physician has obtained preauthorization prior to your appointment. Please call 864-455-1346 if you are having trouble determining your out-of-pocket financial responsibility for the office visit. Our genetic counselors will determine if you meet your health insurer’s criteria coverage for genetic testing after they meet with you.
Should I seek genetic counseling?
If you or a close blood relative (parent, child, brother/sister, aunt/uncle or grandparent) has a history of any of the following, or if there already has been genetic testing in your family and there is a known gene mutation, please ask your doctor about referring you for an appointment for genetic counseling.
Known Gene Mutation in Family
- You have a family member who has already had genetic testing for hereditary cancer and a mutation was found.
- You were diagnosed with breast cancer under age 50
- You have had triple negative breast cancer (ER/PR/Her2Neu negative)
- You have had two different breast cancers at any age
- You were diagnosed with breast cancer at any age AND you have …
- One relative with breast cancer before age 50 OR
- Ovarian cancer at any age OR
- Two relatives on the same side of the family with breast cancer or pancreatic cancer at any age
- You or a very close relative had male breast cancer at any age
- You have never had breast cancer, but you have multiple relatives on the same side of the family with breast, ovarian and/or pancreatic cancer
Other Female Cancer
- You had ovarian cancer at any age
- You had uterine cancer under age 50
- You have had uterine cancer and colon cancer at any age
- You have had colon cancer or rectal cancer under age 50
- You have had more than 10 colon polyps in your lifetime
- You have had colon cancer at any age AND you have a personal or family history of uterine cancer, stomach cancer, ovarian cancer, small bowel cancer, kidney/ureter cancer, brain cancer, pancreatic cancer or bile duct cancer