Guidelines-Based Cancer Risk Assessment

Andrea Forman, Sharon Schwartz
Seminars in Oncology Nursing 2019 January 22

OBJECTIVE: To build skills related to cancer risk assessment including: identification of elevated personal or hereditary cancer risks, incorporation of cancer risk models into clinical care, and reviewing elements of cancer risk education and informed consent.

DATA SOURCES: Consensus and professional guidelines and published literature.

CONCLUSION: Applying consensus guidelines to cancer risk education, along with building partnerships with other providers, is essential for oncology nurses and will ensure proper patient care and follow-up.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Oncology nursing has embraced advances in genetics and genomics and developed standards of practice that include genetics and genomics competency.

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