Genetic Counseling

The Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support offers hereditary cancer risk assessment and genetic testing services with a physician referral.

Kris Schultz, MSN, APRN, FNP-C works with area residents and their families to:

  • Increase understanding of how one’s family history impacts the risk of developing cancer
  • determine one’s risk for developing breast, ovarian, endometrial and/or colon cancer
  • determine one’s risk of having an inherited genetic variation that increases the risk of cancer
  • decide if one should or should not undergo genetic testing

During a counseling session, Kris meets with families to discuss the issues surrounding genetic testing such as cost, concern about discrimination and emotional issues; draws and evaluates a family medical tree called a "pedigree," and recommends the appropriate next step. She is able to assign a numerical value to your risk for an inherited genetic mutation, establishing whether you meet the criteria for medical testing according to the latest scientific guidelines. 

Kris also helps people manage the decision to be tested and works with clients to understand the significance of test results for the client and their family. Deciding to undergo testing is easy for some, and incredibly difficult for others. We're here to help you sort through your thoughts and help you make the choice that's best for you.

Going through the genetic counseling process does not commit you to having a lab test. However, there is a fee connected with the counseling process, and financial assistance is available.

Contact Us

For more information about cancer risk genetic counseling, or to make a referral, contact the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support at 706-475-5324.