Despite only 10% of cancers being linked to true genetic syndromes, identification of families with hereditary syndromes allows those at increased risk to have more frequent screening and engage in risk-reducing behaviors—ultimately leading to decreased cancer cases and deaths. Patients may express concerns about genetic risk for themselves and their family members, and the increased availability of at-home genetic testing kits has led to more questions from patients about genetic cancer risk. Nurses need to be knowledgeable about inherited risk for cancer to provide appropriate education and referrals.
Understanding Genomic and Hereditary Cancer Risk: A Handbook for Oncology Nurses provides nurses with the essentials to understand genomic and hereditary cancer risk, to assist in facilitating care with genetics and other oncology professionals, and to provide patients with accurate and reassuring information. This practical guide gives an overview of cancer genomics, genetic counseling, direct-to-consumer genetic testing, and pathogenic variants of genes commonly associated with hereditary cancer syndromes. All nurses working with patients with cancer must be able to respond accurately to basic questions about genomic testing and hereditary syndromes and know when to refer patients for professional genetic testing. This book helps nurses to guide patients in their decision making.