Genetics and Genomics

From prevention and identification of risk status to the development and use of targeted therapies, genetics is changing the face of oncology care. ONS offers many resources for nurses to learn more about genetics (the study of individual genes) and genomics (the study of all genes in the human genome).
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.
Genetics Online Education Series This series consists of six separate lessons that will provide participants with an introduction to genetics. Topics include the genetic basis of cancer; DNA structure and function; DNA mutations; how DNA damage is repaired; chromosome abnormalities; gene regulation; and inheritance patterns of diseases, including complex diseases. 
The demand for oncology nurses who are knowledgeable and competent in genetic and genomic applications that impact practice has risen dramatically as new discoveries in the field influenced the fundamental understanding of cancer development, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. Genetics and Genomics in Oncology Nursing Practice broadens the topic of genetics from a discussion of risk assessment to encompass such issues as cancer biology, clinical applications of genetic study, and the scope of oncology nursing practice.
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