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Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Cancer in Childhood 

Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Cancer in Childhood
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Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Cancer in Childhood
Author(s):

Anu Chittenden

and Jaclyn Schienda

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199335114.003.0008
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date: 12 April 2021

Genetic counseling is the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological, and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. The foundation of genetic counseling is obtaining a good family and medical history. This chapter provides tools to help families obtain an accurate history. The health history generated will be valuable for them to share with their healthcare providers and is essential for providing a useful differential diagnosis. Yet, there is no substitute for clinicians spending time reviewing the history directly with the individual or family. Health history is critical in determining the likelihood of a hereditary cancer syndrome being present in the pediatric patient or family.

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