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Understanding Genetics Counseling and Testing with Dr. Nadia Falah

Living Beyond Cancer

Release Date: 03/24/2021

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In this episode, WVU’s Dr. Nadia Falah discusses the innovative world of cancer genetics including genetic counseling, testing, and familial risk factors. She describes what types of cancer are inherited; when patients and family members should seek genetic consultation; and what genetic markers mean for you and your family. Also, Dr. Falah answers commonly asked questions around cost, insurance coverage, and the availability of online genetics testing.

This podcast is for cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers. The Living Beyond Cancer podcast series is produced by Cancer Prevention and Control at the WVU Cancer Institute in collaboration with Mountains of Hope, the state's cancer coalition, and the WV Bureau for Public Health. Reach out to us at [email protected] with questions or comments or join our Facebook support group at http://bit.ly/beyondcancer