(Jan. 18, 2019) Atlantic General Hospital recently announced the availability of genetic counseling services for individuals with a family history of cancer and for patients in treatment who are concerned about their family’s risk.
Genetic counseling can also help inform the treatment process. By identifying a patient’s genes, the care team can better anticipate how a cancer will behave and modify the care regimen accordingly to more effectively treat the disease.
The John H. “Jack” Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center offers the service through its telehealth partnership with University of Maryland Medical Center’s Greenebaum Cancer Center.
Patients who come to the center receive a thorough 60-90-minute telehealth consultation with a genetic counselor to review medical history as well as any results from biopsies, pathology reports and other documentation, and two blood tests.
Results typically take three weeks. Once received, the genetic counselor follows up with the patient and the care team at the Burbage Regional Cancer Care Center to discuss the information and coordinate any next steps.
For more information about the Burbage Regional Cancer Care Center’s telegenetics services, call 410-629-6888.
Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties is Maryland and Sussex County, Delaware, since May 1993.
Built through the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, Atlantic General’s main facility in Berlin combines the warmth of personalized attention with the reassurance of medical expertise and advanced technology.
The not-for-profit hospital provides quality specialty care in oncology, medical and surgical weight loss, orthopedics, and women’s diagnostics among other services.
Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 40 primary care providers and specialists, cares for residents and visitors throughout the region. For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.