CCI Adds Genetic Counselor to the Team

Genetic testing and genetic counseling are valuable to help patients who may be at an increased risk determine their options. The genetic counseling team at Clearview Cancer Institute is happy to welcome Hannah Osborn, LSGC. Hannah was born and raised in Florence, AL. She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2013 and a Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling in 2017. After graduation, Hannah spent 5 years working as a prenatal genetic counselor for a maternal fetal medicine unit in Baltimore, MD. In December 2022, Hannah and her husband moved back to North Alabama to be closer to family.

“I’m grateful to have an amazing genetics team and to have the opportunity to help patients navigate the complex world of cancer genetics,” said Osborn.

In her free time, Hannah loves to spend time with family and friends, travel with her husband, and read.

Why consider genetic testing?

Although genetic testing can be a powerful tool for cancer prevention, it is not right for everyone. Individuals who have an average risk for cancer likely won’t gain anything from getting tested, but the test is very useful for those who may be at increased or high risk. Genetic counselors can assess your family history to see if there is a medical indication for genetic testing.

What are the benefits of genetic testing?

The answer is quite simple: it may save your life. If a genetic counselor determines that you have a high risk of developing cancer, you may want to consider options that reduce or eliminate the risk of specific cancers. Some of these options include:

  • You may receive cancer screenings at an earlier age and more frequently than guidelines established for the general public…early detection is key!
  • You may receive chemo-preventive drugs which will reduce your risk of developing the cancer
  • You may choose to have preventive surgery
    For those who have already been diagnosed with cancer, genetic testing may help direct surgical decisions and future cancer screening recommendations, including preventative surgical options. This is also valuable information for your family as a whole.

How do I get genetically tested?

At CCI we obtain a DNA sample by a simple blood draw at our facility. Typically these labs are drawn the same day as the clinic visit for genetic counseling. However, this is not mandatory. Patients partner with our genetic counselor to make not only an informed decision about genetic testing, but also a decision that fits their individual goals. Some people may need more time to make a decision.

Learn more information on genetic testing and counseling here.