Clinical Genetics

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The Genetics Clinic at Lakeridge Health Oshawa works with individuals and families who have a genetic condition or are at risk of developing a genetic condition. Our team of physicians and genetic counsellors meets with individuals at all stages of life, from preconception and pregnancy, to birth and adulthood.

There are many reasons people are referred to our clinic. Some common reasons include:

  • you are pregnant and would like more information about your screening and testing options in the pregnancy
  • your prenatal screening result or ultrasound has shown an increased chance of the baby having a genetic condition
  • you have a personal or family history of a condition that may be passed down (inherited) through families, such as a genetic disorder or birth defect
  • you have a personal or family history of intellectual or physical disability
  • you have a strong personal or family history of cancer

 

What To Expect At Your Appointment

At your genetics appointment, we will review your medical and family history. We may try to obtain medical records on you and/or your relatives. Sometimes, our physicians will perform a physical exam to look for features of a genetic condition. If genetic testing is suggested, you will be offered a blood test at your first or follow-up appointment.

We will have a thorough discussion to help you understand:

  • the chances for you or your children to have or to develop a condition that is passed down (inherited) in the family
  • the medical facts about a genetic condition, including the latest research
  • whether genetic testing may be useful for you or your relatives
  • your options for managing a genetic condition, including screening and treatment
  • what resources and support groups are in your area

 

Contact

The Genetics Clinic can be reached at 905-433-2733.

We are located at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, on the second floor of the R. S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre (C wing).

From the main lobby of the hospital, take the escalator to the second floor. On the second floor, turn left and continue down the hallway into the Cancer Centre (C Wing). Follow the sign to Clinical Genetics.

Referrals

We accept referrals from physicians, using our referral form. Referrals can be faxed to (905) 721-6122.