Genetic counselors at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Chicago are health care professionals trained and educated in medical genetics and counseling. At CTCA® Chicago, we offer genetic testing to help determine if your cancer was caused by an inherited gene mutation and whether you may have an increased risk of developing a second cancer. If genetic testing is recommended for you, you will meet with a genetic counselor at our Chicago hospital to discuss your questions and concerns. Our genetic counselors will provide information about genetic testing options and help you decide if genetic testing is an appropriate option for you.
If you decide to move forward with testing, your genetic counselor will help you schedule the test. Once the results are ready, our genetic counselors will help you understand the testing limitations and accuracy of genetic tests. Our genetic counselors will share the report with you and help you interpret them so you can better understand your family’s inherited cancer risk.
Eric Fowler, a genetic counselor at CTCA Chicago, is the Manager of Genetics Counseling at our Illinois hospital. He works closely with patients to assess the risk of hereditary cancer, counsel patients and interpret genetic test results. Fowler is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. As a member of the genetic counseling team, he evaluates each patient’s individual needs and works closely with the medical oncologist and other care team members. The genetic counseling team at CTCA Chicago provide a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to care in order to empower patients with the knowledge and tools they need to take a key role in the treatment decision-making process.