Introduction

Oxford American handbook of oncology. Second Edition. Oxford University Press (2015)


Genetic screening for cancer predisposition has evolved from an investigational consideration to a standard part of clinical care in many oncologic conditions. Cancer specialists are the healthcare providers best positioned to initiate genetic screening, for several reasons:

  • The results of genetic screening can influence management considerations in affected patients.
  • Oncologists see the affected members of families with high rates of cancer.
  • Affected individuals are most appropriately tested for genetic mutations, rather than unaffected family members.
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