Oncology Nursing Society Position

The Role of the Oncology Nurse in Cancer Genetic Counseling

genetics, role definition

The identification of genes that, when altered (mutated), are associated with cancer development is transforming our understanding of and approach to the detection and management of cancer. As genetic technology evolves and knowledge of cancer genetics expands, healthcare providers respond by informing patients, families, and the public about the implications of these developments for cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment. Ultimately, the genetic revolution will have an impact on the entire specialty of oncology nursing.

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