For the most current and comprehensive information on cancer genetics and human genomic discoveries, check out the following organizations and resources.
American Cancer Society: This nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.
American Society of Human Genetics: This professional membership organization is comprised of researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses, and others involved in or with a special interest in human genetics. Information on genetics, meetings, and the online Journal of Human Genetics can be found here.
Atlas of Genetics and Cytogenetics in Oncology and Haematology: This peer-reviewed online journal and database is devoted to genes, cytogenetics, and clinical entities in cancer and cancer-prone diseases. The website has extensive information on cancer genomics and research.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): CDC's Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention provides information about human genomic discoveries and how they can be used to improve health and prevent disease.
Cancer.Net: This website provides timely, oncologist-approved information to help patients and families make informed healthcare decisions.
Gene Tests: Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Gene Tests provides medical genetics information and resources developed specifically for healthcare providers. Authoritative information on genetic testing and its use in diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling is included.
Genetic Alliance: This international coalition is comprised of more than 600 advocacy, research, and healthcare organizations that represent millions of individuals with genetic conditions and their interests. The organization focuses on and provides resources for advocacy and education.
Human Genome Project (HGP): This website provides everything from history to ongoing work conducted around the 13-year project to develop a DNA map. Completed in 2003, HGP (supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and NIH) was designed to identify and determine sequences for the genes in human DNA and address ethical, legal, and social issues that arose from the project. Information on genomics research, ethics, and education, plus much more, can be found here.
International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG): This nursing specialty organization is dedicated to fostering the scientific and professional growth of nurses in human genetics. ISONG's website provides information geared toward nurses on education, research (including funding opportunities), and ethical issues related to genetics.
Medline Plus: Medline Plus provides information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other government agencies and health-related organizations.
National Cancer Institute: Find accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive cancer information from the U.S. government's principal agency for cancer research.
- Cancer Genetics Overview PDQ® provides a comprehensive look at cancer genetics for healthcare professionals, with an emphasis on the evidence.
- Elements of Cancer Genetics Risk Assessment and Counseling describes current approaches to assessing and counseling people about their chances of having an inherited susceptibility to cancer.
- Understanding Gene Testing is a slide presentation focusing on understanding gene testing.
Cancer Genetics Network: Epidemiology and Cancer Research is a comprehensive program of grant-supported, population-based research that puts forward the expertise of scientists to increase our understanding of cancer etiology and prevention.