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Genetic counselling about cancer predisposition 

Genetic counselling about cancer predisposition
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Genetic counselling about cancer predisposition
Author(s):

Chris Jacobs

, Eshika Haque

, and Gillian Scott

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199672844.003.0033
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date: 20 August 2019

Individuals from families with a known cancer-predisposing gene mutation and those who are assessed to be at high risk of cancer or who have complex cancer family histories may be referred to a genetics clinic. Genetic testing for cancer predisposition raises many complex and challenging issues for the individual seen in the clinic and for their relatives. After studying this chapter readers should understand the process of genetic counselling for cancer predisposition, be able to discuss the psychological impact of genetic testing for individuals with and at risk of cancer, consider the guidelines and implications of genetic testing in childhood and be aware of the reproductive choices available for individuals with a cancer-predisposing gene mutation.

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