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PURPOSE To examine what cancer genetics specialists predict they would do personally if they were at 50% risk of carrying a mutation that predisposes to hereditary breast/ovarian cancer (BRCA1/BRCA2) and hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC). METHODS Questionnaire survey of the membership of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Special(More)
UNLABELLED Advances in genetics have prompted recommendations that all healthcare providers perform genetic counseling and testing. Some experts are concerned about potential negative outcomes from cancer genetic testing performed without genetic counseling by certified genetics professionals. We report a national series of cases illustrating negative(More)
Cancer genetic counseling and testing are now integral services in progressive cancer care. There has been much debate over whether these services should be delivered by providers with specialized training in genetics or by all clinicians. Adverse outcomes resulting from cancer genetic counseling and testing performed by clinicians without specialization in(More)
We surveyed cancer genetics specialists in 1998 to learn what they would do if at 50 % risk to carry a BRCA or Lynch syndrome mutation. We chose to repeat our study 14 years later, to examine how perspectives have changed with the extensive data now available. In July 2012 we surveyed the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Cancer Special Interest(More)
After repeated media attention in 2013 due to the Angelina Jolie disclosure and the Supreme Court decision to ban gene patents, the demand for cancer genetic counseling and testing services has never been greater. Debate has arisen regarding who should provide such services and the quality of genetics services being offered. In this ongoing case series, we(More)
Approximately 10% of patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer are at risk for a hereditary form of the disease. At-risk patients can be offered genetic counseling and testing to determine whether they carry a detectable mutation for such a syndrome. If so, this information provides the clinician with valuable data about the patient's risk for other(More)
The deleted in colorectal cancer (DCC) gene encodes a neural cell adhesion family molecule that was originally identified as a candidate tumor suppressor target of 18q allelic loss in colorectal cancer. However, the importance of the DCC protein has been most clearly demonstrated in neural development. Mutational and subsequent biochemical studies in C.(More)
Cancer genetic testing is surrounded by myriad ethical, legal, and psychosocial implications which are being revisited as testing expands into an everyday practice and into more complicated areas like whole exome and direct-to-consumer testing. We chose to survey cancer genetic counselors and physicians from a wide range of non-genetics specialties to(More)