Shodair Children’s Hospital’s nationally recognized Medical Genetics Department provides genetic evaluation and counseling to persons of all ages throughout Montana. The Medical Genetics Program offers comprehensive services to individuals with genetic conditions or concerns about their risk to develop or transmit a genetic disorder. The program is sponsored in part through funding from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
The Medical Genetics Department at Shodair provides comprehensive evaluation and genetic counseling to individuals and families concerning actual or potential inherited defects and conditions in an individual, his or her children, or other relatives. Emotional support is provided on an ongoing basis. The staff at Shodair Children’s Hospital includes fellowship trained physicians and genetic counselors who will obtain the medical history of the family, perform a physical examination if needed, and provide interpretation of diagnostic test results.
Tremendous advances are being made in understanding cancer genetics. Cancer genetic counseling and testing is available for many types of cancer, including breast, colon, eye, and ovarian. Understanding genetic or environmental factors involved with cancer development may help to prevent the onset of cancer or allow early detection and, therefore, a greater chance of a cure.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effects (FAS/E) is the most common cause of intellectual disabilities in America today. Shodair provides comprehensive diagnostic, counseling, and follow-up services, with referral to appropriate agencies.