As noted by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), "Ethical principles of doing good, doing no harm, respect for autonomy, and justice form the ethical foundation of cancer risk testing and counseling services" (ONS, 2009).
Additionally, as physicians discuss the options for genetic testing and follow-up on the results of genetic tests, they should be mindful of their patients' cultural beliefs, and beliefs about health care in general. We'll consider this in more detail in the Web pages which follow.
Cancer Predisposition Genetic Testing and Risk Assessment, Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), Retrieved July 2010, http://www.ons.org/Publications/Positions/Predisposition
Tranin, A.S., Masny, A., & Jenkins, J. (Eds.). (2003). Genetics in oncology practice: Cancer risk assessment. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.
Page 1. The standard of care
Page 2. Ethical, legal, and social implications
Page 3. Assessing psychological impacts
Page 4. Privacy and the duty to warn
Page 5. GINA
Page 6. DTC Genetic Testing Concerns