If you are concerned about your risk for breast or ovarian cancer, our genetic counselor offers support, guidance and answers.
Is genetic counseling right for you? If you are concerned about your risk for breast or ovarian cancer, our genetic counselor offers support, guidance and answers.
Cheryl Knight, MS, CGC, has joined The Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital as genetic counselor for the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program (CREP), which is designed specifically for women who want to understand and manage their personal risk. Ms. Knight has a master's degree in genetic counseling and experience in adult, pediatric and prenatal genetic counseling at hospitals in California and Florida. She is the first member of the CREP team that women meet as they begin evaluation.
"Part of my training as a genetic counselor is to help people sort through all the information they are getting and to calm their anxieties," she explains. "Whether a woman is concerned about her personal risk or her genetic family history, we can help her learn more."
Available as a free service since 2007, CREP is a collaboration between Doylestown Hospital and the Abramson Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
After the specifics about a woman's personal and family health history are collected, Penn's cancer experts review the information. They assess personal risk and recommend follow-up care and next steps, which may include genetic testing or participation in clinical research studies. The program helps both women who already have been diagnosed and those who want to know their personal profile.
Sometimes women have fears not based on facts, Ms. Knight notes. Her role as a counselor enables her to educate women and help them move forward with a personal, fact-based plan."I was very impressed by the program's emphasis on education and the personalized approach to care," she says.
For more information about CREP or to make an appointment, call 267-885-1864 or 215-345-2200, ext. 1864.