You'll find that keeping up with information about cancer genetics is a daunting task even for specialists. In Lesson 1, you'll learn how to develop a personal learning network (PLN) to help you access the resources you need when you need them.
Lesson 2, you'll learn how to obtain a targeted family health history to help you assess whether your patient has a hereditary cancer predisposition. You'll consider how to proactively address communication barriers that might keep you from obtaining the most complete and accurate health history possible.
In Lesson 3, you'll learn how to take the information you obtained from a family health history and use it to discern patterns that are "genetic red flags" for a hereditary cancer predisposition.
In Lesson 4, you'll learn more about the inheritance patterns of specific types of cancer. You'll also learn what types of patients are most likely to benefit from genetic testing.
If you do order a genetic test, you''ll need to consider the unique issues relating to informed consent for cancer genetic tests.You'll learn more about this in Lesson 6.
If, as is likely, you'll be referring patients to a genetic counselor, you will still need to prepare a patient for this consultation. You'll learn more about this in Lesson 7.
You'll continue to play an important role in educating your referred patients about their cancer genetic risk. You''ll also need to help them as they make difficult health care decisions relating to this risk, so you'll learn about follow-up considerations in Lesson 8.
Finally, since you'll find that issues relating to cancer genetics create many communication challenges, you'll be collecting and developing patient educational materials in Lesson 9.
Your course instructor is here to help you in this journey.
Course Introduction >