Oncology health professionals' attitudes toward treatment-focused genetic testing for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

@article{Burcher2013OncologyHP,
  title={Oncology health professionals' attitudes toward treatment-focused genetic testing for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.},
  author={Stephanie Burcher and Bettina Meiser and Gillian Mitchell and Christobel M Saunders and Belinda Rahman and Kathy M Tucker and Kristine Barlow-Stewart and Kaaren J. Watts and Margaret Gleeson and Judy Kirk},
  journal={Personalized medicine},
  year={2013},
  volume={10 5},
  pages={
          431-440
        }
}
AIM This study explored the attitudes of oncology health professionals towards treatment-focused genetic testing (TFGT) for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. MATERIALS & METHODS Members of several relevant medical organizations in Australia and New Zealand were invited via email to participate in an online survey. RESULTS A total of 149 respondents, including 40 surgeons, 46 oncologists and 63 breast care nurses, completed the online questionnaire. The majority of respondents… 

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