Identifying familial cancer risk
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Identifying familial cancer risk

Sara Pasalodos-Sanchez Genetic counsellor, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Penny Howard Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy, University of Nottingham
Paul Scotting Associate professor and reader, Development and cancer biology, School of Biology, University of Nottingham

Sara Pasalodos-Sanchez and colleagues discuss genetic screening and analysis, their use in clinics and the issues raised for nurses, patients and their families

This article looks at how the biological aspects of cancer as a genetic disease can be applied to clinical practice. The main aspects of genetic cancer risk are discussed alongside the role of various healthcare professionals, including those working specifically in family history clinics and genetic counselling services. A glossary of terms is provided on page 22.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 12, 8, 16-22. doi: 10.7748/cnp2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 12 June 2013

Accepted: 07 August 2013