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Genetic counselling and supporting individuals with a family history of cancer. Summary 

Genetic counselling and supporting individuals with a family history of cancer. Summary
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Genetic counselling and supporting individuals with a family history of cancer. Summary
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Patricia Webb

and Lorraine Robinson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199672844.003.0036
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date: 20 August 2019

Section 8 focuses on the key issues and support needs of patients and families who undergo genetic counselling and testing for hereditary cancer. Once an individual has been identified as being at risk of cancer they face immediate and ongoing challenges. At all times the implications for the wider family need to be considered. Health professionals need to be aware of the psychosocial, ethical and cultural issues, in order to help patients to prepare for genetic counselling and to come to terms with knowledge of their genetic status. Summary points, guided activities and further resources are provided for each chapter.

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