We know that cancer care is much more than just your treatment. At West Cancer Center, you have access to comprehensive and individualized wellness and support resources from diagnosis all the way through survivorship.

About Our Program

At West Cancer Center, we are committed to providing comprehensive genetic counseling services to appropriate patients. Our board certified genetic counselors can help you understand your risk to develop cancer and determine if there is an inherited cancer risk in your family. We are also happy to provide information about possible cancer screenings and risk-reducing options for you and your family. If there is an increased genetic risk for you or your family, our genetic counselors are here to work with you and your doctors to assist in making medical management decisions.

 

Meet Our Team:

Aimee Martin, MS, CGC

Aimee is a board certified genetic counselor at West Cancer Center. She joined West Cancer Center in January 2018 and brings with her over 10 years of clinical experience counseling patients and their families at risk for hereditary cancer. Aimee obtained her Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2007. She completed a hereditary cancer fellowship at the Yale Cancer Center in 2006 and is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and licensed by the state of Tennessee. Her interests include risk assessment for inherited gastrointestinal syndromes and other rare disorders as well as ethical issues in genetic counseling and testing. Aimee moved to Memphis 1 year ago from Washington DC. She currently resides in Germantown and enjoys being outside with her dog.

 

Lindsay Lipe, MS, CGC

Lindsay is a board certified and licensed genetic counselor at West Cancer Center. She joined West Cancer Center in June 2016 shortly after receiving her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Wayne University in Detroit, Michigan.  Lindsay received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Michigan State University in 2012. Her interest include hereditary breast cancer and rare hereditary cancer syndromes. Lindsay currently lives in downtown Memphis and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

 

 Rachel Covington, MS, CGC

Rachel is a board certified and licensed genetic counselor. She joined West Cancer Center in May 2014 after obtaining her Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to this, she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from Christian Brothers University here in Memphis. She has lived in Memphis since 2001. Rachel’s particular interest include inherited renal syndromes and tumor profiling and its application to germline genetic testing. She currently resides in Cordova, TN and enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

 

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Your Appointment with a Genetic Counselor

What happens during a genetic counseling session? 

  • Risk assessment-By asking questions about your personal and family history of cancer, a genetic counselor can assess the likelihood that your family may have a hereditary cancer condition.
  • Education-A genetic counselor may discuss several genetic conditions that he or she feels may be possible in your family. They can discuss medical management for you and your family members if a genetic condition is identified.
  • Decision Making-A genetic counselor can help decide if genetic testing may be right for you and your family members. They can help you navigate different testing choices and discuss the pros and cons of genetic testing.
  • Genetic testing-If indicated, genetic testing is typically performed at the time of your visit by collecting a small blood or saliva sample.

Is Genetic Counseling Right for You?

Certain features of your personal or family history of cancer may increase the likelihood of a genetic condition. These include:

  • Certain cancers diagnosed at a young age (breast or colon cancer diagnosed under age 50, for example)
  • Multiple family members with the same type of cancer
  • An individual with more than one type of cancer
  • More rare cancers (such as ovarian cancer or male breast cancer)
  • Individuals of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish Ancestry, especially with a personal or family history of breast ,ovarian or pancreatic cancer

If you feel that you may benefit from our program, please contact your physician to make a referral with one of our genetic counselor.