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The Spectrum of Genetic Testing

Laura Panos Smith
Seminars in Oncology Nursing 2019 January 16

OBJECTIVE: To introduce genetic testing as it relates to oncology and nursing.

DATA SOURCES: Peer-reviewed journals, government web sites and resources, published recommendations, and professional experience as a genetic counselor.

CONCLUSION: Genetic testing is a major component of oncology health care and with the continued expansion of the application of genetic testing, many patients will have genetic testing throughout their cancer journey.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: To provide supportive care for patients with cancer or at risk for cancer, oncology nurses need to appreciate the many and varied genetic testing platforms and testing strategies. Oncology nurses can be a resource for patients and family members regarding testing options, insurance coverage, and understanding medical management decisions.


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