Over the course of his career as a pharmacist and clinical researcher, Sherif El-Refai has emerged as a leader in the field of pharmacogenomics. Sherif El-Refai currently serves as an oncology pharmacist at the Markey Cancer Center, a prominent cancer treatment facility located at the University of Kentucky Hospital. In addition to treating patients with cancer and conducting clinical trials, the Markey Cancer Center staff offers genetic counseling services.
At the most basic level, genetic counseling helps individuals find out if they are at increased risk for certain cancers, based on their family history of the disease. After inquiring about the patient’s medical history and family history of cancer, genetic counselors discuss topics such as coping with cancer risk and the potential benefits of genetic testing.
Based on the results of genetic testing, patients and their families can make informed decisions about their medical care in the future. In order to qualify for genetic testing, patients must undergo genetic counseling.