Having worked as a licensed genetic counselor at CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care since 2015, Elizabeth Hays, MS, CGC, has always loved science, but she wasn’t sure where the interest would take her until a sibling shared an experience.
“My older sister had prenatal genetic counseling after getting married,” Hays said. “She told me about the appointment and that she saw me doing it as a career. I started looking into it and shadowing other providers. That led me to where I am today.”
Hays enjoys her in-depth appointments with patients to make sure they understand their diagnosis or hereditary risk for disease.
“Genetic testing can guide a patient’s decisions about treatment,” Hays said, noting how genetic testing costs are more affordable today. “If test results show a breast cancer patient has increased risk of developing another breast cancer in the future, she may wish to have a bilateral mastectomy instead of lumpectomy. It’s rewarding to help patients get the best care the first time.”