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Genetic Counselling

Supporting you and your loved ones by providing information about the genetic factors that contribute to breast cancer.

At the Perth Breast Cancer Institute of the Breast Cancer Research Centre – WA, we offer genetic counselling services to provide information about the genetic factors contributing to specific health conditions. This process helps individuals and their families understand the medical, psychosocial, and reproductive consequences of a particular genetic condition.

Cancer is a disease that results from acquired faults in genes controlling cell growth, and the risk of developing cancer increases with age. Around 1 in 3 Australians will experience cancer during their lifetime, with a small number of cases being hereditary due to an inherited gene fault, such as BRCA1 or BRCA2, which can increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer.

Genetic counselling can help determine if an inherited gene fault is the cause of cancer within a family. Genetic testing can provide valuable information that may impact treatment plans or surgical management decisions, and aid at-risk family members in understanding and adapting to the implications of such conditions.

It’s important to note that not everyone with a gene fault will develop cancer, but genetic counselling can provide valuable insights into managing and mitigating risk factors.

What is the role of a genetic counsellor?

Genetic counsellors are healthcare professionals who specialize in medical genetics and counseling. They provide guidance and support to individuals and families who may be at risk of hereditary conditions, including cancer.

Genetic counsellors play a crucial role in helping patients make informed decisions about their genetic testing options, interpreting test results, and communicating the implications of those results for patients and their family members. They work collaboratively with doctors to develop personalized recommendations for ongoing surveillance and management, ensuring that patients receive the most appropriate care and support for their individual needs.

How does Genetic Counselling at BCRC-WA differ from other institutions?

At the Breast Cancer Research Centre – WA, our genetic counselling services are tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient and their family. Our genetic counsellor, Emma Celis, works closely with patients and their doctors to develop personalized recommendations for ongoing cancer surveillance and management.

We utilize the latest advancements in genetic testing and counseling to ensure that patients have access to the most up-to-date and accurate information available. Our goal is to ensure that every patient receives the highest quality genetic counselling and support to help them make informed decisions about their healthcare.

What can I expect at my appointment?

At your appointment, you can expect our genetic counsellors to interpret your personal and family history of cancer, assess your risk of disease occurrence or recurrence, and provide education on the natural history of the condition, inheritance patterns, genetic testing, management, prevention, and support resources.

Our counselling services that promote informed choices based on your risk assessment, family goals, ethical and religious values. Emma will support to help you or your affected family member adjust to a cancer diagnosis or the risk of recurrence.

Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing is available at the Perth Breast Cancer Institute.

You can obtain more information on accessing this service by visiting

Phone: (08) 6500 5576

Emma Celis

Associate Genetic Counsellor