Meet Our Cancer Genetic Counselor

Kaitlin Kraft, MS, LGC is a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor specializing in helping individuals and families at risk for hereditary cancers.

She will work closely with you during each step of the process providing education, support, and valuable resources. We will perform a personalized risk analysis, which may include genetic testing, and help identify other relatives who may also benefit from a risk evaluation.

People with specific genetic factors are more likely to get some forms of cancer. Our Cancer Risk Evaluation Program can help people find out if they carry such genetic mutations, and guide them in lowering certain increased cancer risk. Kaitlin Kraft, the program’s board certified genetic counselor, works closely with such patients and their families to educate and support them – and ultimately, to safeguard their health.

As genetic information can be very complex, specialty training has given Kaitlin the expertise to interpret the complexities of genetic testing. “I enjoy helping people understand what this information really means for them.”

Through the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program, Kaitlin meets with people who have a personal or family history of cancer. They review other risk factors, too, such as habits and lifestyle. And Kaitlin educates people about genetics, cancer and how the two are related.

If Kaitlin finds signs of a potential genetic risk factor for cancer, she will talk to the patient about the pros and cons of genetic testing, which is done through a blood test. “I help them through the process,” she explains. “I can give them a personalized risk assessment, and develop a plan to help them manage their care.”

Depending on the person’s risk level and any genetic testing results, Kaitlin may meet with the patient a second

time. At that visit, she’ll be joined by physician George Trim, MD, Medical Director, who’s also trained in Genetics. He will provide input on the recommended medical strategies to manage the individual patient’s findings.

In some cases, Kaitlin will recommend a yearly follow-up appointment to check on how the patient is doing with

their care plan and to discuss any new health information. Many patients are concerned for children or grandchildren, who may have inherited the same genetic changes. “We can help future generations understand what they need to do in order to lower their own risk," says Kaitlin.

Moreover, genetic counseling often provides peace of mind. “Sometimes a person thinks they’re at high risk but they’re not, or the risk isn’t as high as they thought. People can really be relieved when they get the right information.”

In other cases, patients are comforted by learning the steps they can take to lower their risk. “We can help patients be proactive,” says Kaitlin. “Once they have the knowledge, there are steps they can take to lower their risk or ultimately prevent cancer.”

For information call the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at (732) 557-2154.