Preparing for Your Visit

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Learn about your inherited risks so you can make informed decisions about your health care. For more information, connect with a cancer care specialist at 310-825-5287.

A genetic counseling appointment is much more than a blood draw. Your genetic counselor will provide a personalized genetic risk assessment, discuss genetic testing options and order appropriate testing, and provide medical referrals and guidance. To accomplish this we need your help. Prior to the appointment we ask that you provide the following:


  • Personal and Family History Questionnaire (Adult Cancer Genetics)
    Two genetic counselors having a discussion at a desk
    Before your first meeting, you will complete a questionnaire about your personal and family history of cancer. We understand that getting this information from relatives may be difficult, but we ask that gather as much information as you can. Knowing the specific kinds of cancer and the ages when your family members were diagnosed allows for the best estimation of your hereditary cancer risk and the most beneficial genetic testing. Download our Genetic Risk Assessment Questionnaire
  • Medical Records
    If you have been treated or screened for cancer outside the UCLA Health System, you will need to provide copies of relevant records, including pathology, imaging reports, and genetic test results. If you do not have copies, we will ask that you sign an Authorization for Release of Health Information and we will request records from your outside healthcare provider(s). Download the Authorization for Release of Health Information
  • Prior Genetic Test Results
    If any of your family members have had genetic testing, we ask that you provide copies of their genetic test reports. These can be hard copies, electronic copies, or even a photo of the document. Please note that we cannot order testing for a familial mutation without your relative’s report.
  • Please send your questionnaire, and any other records, for your genetic counselor to review prior to your appointment. They can be faxed to 310-825-5136, or emailed to [email protected]. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our Genetic Counseling Assistants at 310-267-0917.