The role of genetics in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer continues to accelerate. As patient educators and advocates, Pediatric Oncology Nurses must understand the ever evolving diagnostic and treatment options available to our patient population. The genetics behind a child’s disease frequently impact the risk and treatment for that child.
Topics discussed in this education session include:
- The human genome
- Types of genetic tests
- Genes for which tests are conducted
- Tumor suppressor genes
- Genetic mutations and abnormalities
- Fusion genes
- Cytogenetic abnormalities
Each topic will be covered using examples from pediatric hematology/oncology and will describe the impact of each on the patient’s risk and treatment.
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