Self-paced • 2.0 credits
About this course
This program was developed to help oncology providers identify, evaluate, and manage patients at increased risk of hereditary cancer syndromes. The program was developed by the Michigan State Department of Health and Human Services and The Jackson Laboratory Clinical and Continuing Education Program with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Genetic testing is becoming increasingly accessible for patients as the list of clinical indications and number of genes are growing, and the cost of testing is decreasing. Identifying a patient with an underlying genetic variant associated with cancer can impact his or her treatment options, long-term management approach, and risks for other cancer. In addition, there are implications for close family members. While genetic testing can provide important clinical information for decision-making, there are benefits, limitations, and risks. This program focuses on developing skills and knowledge to identify those patients most appropriate for genetic testing, choosing the right test, and using the results to develop a management plan.
Upon completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:
- Determine if a patient is a candidate for cancer genetic testing
- Deliver pre-testing counseling appropriate to the patient
- Select the best genetic test for the patient
- Interpret genetic testing results
- Identify patient management based on genetic testing results
This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of practicing clinicians who work with cancer patients.
All information in Hereditary Cancer Syndromes: Are Your Patients at Risk? is provided for educational purposes only. This information is not a substitute for clinical guidance or the consultation of a medical professional. Always seek the advice of a qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in Hereditary Cancer Syndromes: Are Your Patients at Risk?. Reliance on any information in this program is solely at your own risk. The Jackson Laboratory does not endorse or recommend any specific procedures, tests, products, services, health professionals or other information that may be found in Hereditary Cancer Syndromes: Are Your Patients at Risk?