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The Hereditary Cancer Service at the Penrose Cancer
Center provides cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling and
testing services for individuals and families with concerns about
inherited cancer predispositions. Services are provided by a
team of cancer professionals led by our genetic counselors.
Cancer genetic counselors specialize in educating
individuals about inherited cancer risks identifying what type of
inherited predisposition could be possible and knowing the
appropriate type of test to order, interpreting results so that you
and your doctor can make informed decisions regarding your medical
The genetic counselors at Penrose's Hereditary Cancer
Service are experts at family history assessment.
Personalized risks are estimated for each patient seen in our
service, based on their medical and family histories. These
estimates are used to:
Our genetic counselors discuss risks and management
options with each patient. A written summary of the discussion
is sent to the patient and his/her referring provider. The
patient and provider can then develop an individualized
risk-management plan. Detailed information about family history and
genetic risks empower patients to reduce their cancer risks, or to
detect cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages.
Looking to the past, we can change the future.
For more information, please contact one of our genetic
counselors at (719) 776-5279
Read our Hereditary Cancer
Elena Strait, MS, CGCElena began her career as a genetic counselor in 1994 at Boston University Center for Human Genetics, providing prenatal genetic counseling and risk assessment. Since then she has provided counseling for prenatal, pediatric, and adult genetics before joining Penrose Cancer Center in 2010. Elena received her B.S. from the University of Colorado before receiving her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.
Kate Crow, MS, CGCBefore beginning her career as a genetic counselor in 1996, Kate Crow served as a public health administrator in Kansas City, Missouri, and volunteered as an interpretive ranger at the Great Sand Dunes. She received her B.S. in Microbiology from Kansas State University, then earned her M.S. in Genetic Counseling at Indiana University.
Kate’s first genetic counseling job combined duties as the Oregon State Genetics Coordinator and as a clinical genetic counselor at Oregon Health and Sciences University. She also has experience in prenatal, pediatric and adult genetics.
If you would like to be seen at the Genetic Counseling Clinic, please ask your medical provider for a referral. You may call the Genetic Counseling Administrative Assistant at 719-776-5279 for information about the appointment, but a referral will be needed before your appointment can be scheduled. You will be contacted by Penrose-St. Francis Central Scheduling to schedule your appointment once the referral is received by the Genetic Counseling Clinic.
You will be asked to complete a family history questionnaire prior to your appointment.
Once you have scheduled your appointment with the Genetic Counseling Clinic, you will need to complete our online family history questionnaire prior to your appointment.
Completing this questionnaire allows your genetic counselor to be better prepared for your appointment and to provide you with a more accurate risk assessment.
If you have questions or if you would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact our genetic counseling support:
Genetic Counseling Support
TThe Penrose Cancer Center Genetic Counseling Clinic is held at:
Penrose Hospital – Penrose Cancer Center
2222 N. Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs CO 80907
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