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.