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Cancer genetics: the basics. Introduction 

Cancer genetics: the basics. Introduction
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Cancer genetics: the basics. Introduction
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Chris Jacobs

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10.1093/med/9780199672844.003.0002
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date: 21 July 2019

Currently in the UK, medical and non-medical health professionals with specialist training and expertise provide genetic healthcare via Regional Genetics Centres which incorporate laboratory and clinical services. In Europe the provision of genetic healthcare varies from country to country. The impact of genomics on all aspects of healthcare delivery requires new ways of delivering genetics health care which has implications for health professionals in all areas, not least cancer care. Ensuring adequate levels of knowledge and skills across the workforce is a challenge and much work has been done in this area to develop competences, learning outcomes and training packages for all health professionals. Identifying patients who may be at genetic risk, managing genetic aspects of healthcare and communicating genetic information will become increasingly important for all health professionals in cancer care as genetics becomes integrated into mainstream medicine.

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