Evolving Foundations

The Genetic Management Clinic: Oncology Nurses and Management of Hereditary Cancer Risk

Stephanie Hoopes

Virginia Simmons

LeAnn Perkins

hereditary cancer risk, genetic counseling, navigation, Patient education, genetics
CJON 2022, 26(2), 147-150. DOI: 10.1188/22.CJON.147-150

Integrating clinics designed to manage hereditary cancer risk into oncology care models has the potential to improve navigation of individuals predisposed to increased cancer risk through risk-reducing education, as well as recommendations for cancer screening and surveillance. Oncology nurses have the unique opportunity and optimal position to navigate patients through the complex subject of genetics and hereditary cancer syndromes. Effectively and efficiently navigating patients with pathogenic variants to minimize and manage hereditary cancer risk has the potential to improve patient outcomes.


  • Understanding genetic testing, genetic counseling, and pathogenic variant management supports navigation for a population at higher risk of developing cancer.
  • Developing professional relationships and partnerships between nurses and genetic counselors is key for collaboration and a useful resource when patient questions arise.
  • Equip patients for informed decision-making regarding individual cancer risk by incorporating cancer genetics in nursing education.
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