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Genetic counseling is the process by which patients or relatives, at risk of an inherited disorder, are advised of the consequences and nature of the disorder, the probability of developing or transmitting it, and the options open to them in management and family planning. This complex process can be separated into diagnostic (the actual estimation of risk) and supportive aspects.
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1. guidance for prospective parents on the likelihood of genetic disorders in their future children
(hypernym) guidance, counsel, counseling, counselling, direction
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A communication process between a specially trained health professional and a person concerned about the genetic risk of disease. The person's family and personal medical history may be discussed, and counseling may lead to genetic testing.
A Service of the National Cancer Institute.
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