Genetic Counseling Support Services

In Asia Genomics, we appreciate the importance of genetic counseling as an important component of genetic testing and genetic services. Therefore, we have established genetic counseling support for physicians and a genetic counseling clinic for patients.

Genetic Counseling Physician Support

  • Direct support to physicians interested in ordering testing through Asia Genomics.
  • Genetic resources to facilitate genetic counseling on our test panels.
  • Genetic Counselors are available to attend to enquiries by physicians about genetic testing and results.

Genetic Counseling Clinic (currently available in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Asia Genomics offers genetic counseling direct to patients, in partnership with a clinical geneticist at a genetic clinic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If you are interested in arranging a genetic counseling session, please have your physician complete the referral form (consultation fees apply).

You may also contact us at counseling@asia-genomics.com for further inquiries related to genetic counseling services.

Download referral form Complete form online
(to be completed by physicians)

When to seek genetic counseling

Family history

  • If you have been diagnosed with a genetic condition.
  • If you, your spouse or a family member has had a child with a birth defect or genetic condition.
  • If you or your spouse is concerned about a condition in your family being passed on to your children.
  • If you have 2 or more close relatives who had breast, ovarian and bowel/colon cancer younger than 50 years old.

Pregnancy related

  • Pregnant woman interested to seek information on prenatal screening and prenatal testing.
  • Woman with history of still birth or more than three miscarriages.
  • Suspected fetal abnormality detected during pregnancy during prenatal screening.
  • If you have been exposed to potential teratogen (or medication during pregnancy) which may cause a birth defect.

Planning for a child

  • Pre-marital screening for genetic disorders.
  • If you and your spouse are related (e.g. cousins) and are planning to have a child.

What to expect in genetic counseling

Genetic counseling is the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of a genetic condition.

Who provides genetic counseling?

You will meet with a Certified Genetic Counselor or a Clinical Geneticist and sometimes both together. Genetic counselors are Masters level medical professionals, trained in medical genetics and psychosocial counseling. Clinical geneticists are medical doctors specialized in medical genetics. They diagnose complex genetic conditions and syndromes in affected individuals.

Will I be tested?

Not every client that attends genetic counseling is tested. During the genetic counseling session, our genetic team will assess if genetic testing is indicated and discuss the options available to you and your family.

What happens after genetic counseling?

  • If genetic testing was performed, you will be contacted when the test result is obtained and the result will be interpreted.
  • Exploration of emotional impact after knowing the result of a genetic testing and issues experienced by the family.
  • Referral to other medical specialists for medical surveillance.
  • Written information on the genetic condition, genetic support groups and relevant services will be provided to support the client.

What about my privacy?

The information that you provide in the genetic counseling session will be managed with strict confidentiality. Your genetic information will not be shared with other individuals without your permission to do so.

Will I be participating in research?

Clinical genetics is a medical service; it is not research. However, if you are interested in participating in research, we can share with you the current studies which might be of interest to you and your family.

Genetic Counselor Having a Discussion

Preparing for your visit

Please collect information on your family members such as year of birth, age of deceased, history of multiple miscarriages and history of medical illness in the family. Also bring along genetic test results, medical reports and photographs of affected individual, if available.

Genetic Counseling Resources