Geurts, Jennifer, MS, CGC

February 20, 2015  |  Genetic Counselors

Certified Genetic Counselor

Introduction

Jennifer Geurts, MS, CGC

Jennifer Geurts, MS, CGC

My focus of care involves utilizing genetic information to help guide early detection and prevention of disease. Health care providers can be better prepared in the delivery of personalized care by understanding what conditions a patient is at risk for developing. Likewise, patients also can play an active role in disease prevention by reducing known modifiable risk factors.

Jenny Geurts, MS, CGC joined the Medical College of Wisconsin in January 2011. She received her Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Minnesota in 2006. She became Board Certified Genetic Counselor through the American Board of Genetic counseling in 2007.

Jenny sees patients with concerning personal or family histories of cancer, and has an emphasis on diseases of the pancreas and endocrine system. She is involved in education through partnerships with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) and other community organizations, along with hospital initiatives and programs. Clinically she has focused on implementing pancreatic cancer screening programs for patients at high risk for developing pancreatic cancer. She is involved in the multidisciplinary international Cancer of the Pancreas Screening (CAPS) Consortium which aims to provide early detection of pancreatic cancer and its precursor lesions.

Jenny plays an active role in the Wisconsin Cancer Risk Program Network, which provides Wisconsin cancer genetics health professionals opportunities for collaboration, education, and consistencies for cancer counseling services within the state. She serves as a representative on the WI Cancer Council, which is dedicated to the development and coordination of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of the program is to reduce the impact of cancer, through efforts in reducing the risk of developing cancer, increasing early detection, improve the quality of life for cancer survivors, and improve the quality of cancer-related data.

As a genetic counselor, Jenny works as part of the cancer care team to deliver genetic information to patients and families which may impact early detection, prevention and improved treatment of cancer. This is achieved through an analysis of the family health history (pedigree), risk assessment and genetic testing. She aids families in informed decision making about genetic testing and cancer risk reducing strategies.

Individuals and families who may benefit from cancer genetic counseling include:

  • Individuals with cancer diagnosed at an unusually young age (e.g. breast or colon cancer before age 50)
  • Multiple close family members with the same type of cancer or related cancers (e.g. breast and ovarian cancer, colon and uterine cancer)
  • Two or more primary cancer diagnoses in the same individual (e.g. breast cancer in both breasts, breast and ovarian cancer)
  • Rare cancers or unusual tumors at any age(e.g. medullary thyroid cancer, retinoblastoma, hepatoblastoma, male breast cancer, adrenal cortical carcinoma, pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma)
  • Presence of other features associated with an inherited cancer syndrome (e.g. multiple colon polyps)
  • Members of a family with a known hereditary cancer syndrome
  • Individuals considering genetic testing for cancer risk
  • Individuals with questions about cancer risk in family members
  • Individuals with heightened risk based on family history or known gene mutation who have questions about cancer screening, prevention or treatment

Areas of Expertise

  • Cancer Genetic Counseling
  • Hereditary Endocrine Syndromes
  • Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT)
  • Hereditary Pancreatitis

Board Certification(s)

  • Genetic Counseling

Patient Ages Seen

  • Adult (18 + )
  • Senior (60 +)

Languages Spoken

  • English

Education / Training

  • Master of Science in Genetic Counseling – University of Minnesota – Minneapolis (2006)

MCW Start Date

January 2011