Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing Process

The purpose of this resource is to familiarize you with the steps involved in ordering genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk, which include finding a lab, facilitating informed consent, and submitting the sample and clinical information to the lab.
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Genetic Testing for Colorectal Cancer Risk

In this course you will practice evaluating the fit between a patient's history and a particular genetic test for hereditary colon cancer syndromes. This course is targeted to clinicians who order colon cancer genetic testing.
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Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Risk

There are numerous options for breast cancer genetic testing, with different strengths and limitations depending on the patient’s personal and family history. In this course you will practice evaluating how well a particular genetic test assesses breast cancer risk (clinical validity) and the potential impact of testing on patient outcomes (clinical utility). This course is targeted to clinicians who order breast cancer genetic testing.
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Genetic Testing Technology

Genetic testing technologies vary widely in the type of variant detected and the scope of analysis. Cost-effective testing relies on the provider’s ability to select the right test for the clinical question. Whether or not you are the ordering clinician, you may ultimately be providing guidance based on the results of testing. In this lesson, we will practice weighing the benefits, risks, and limitations of different tests within specific patient contexts.
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Interpreting Genetic Testing Results

The results of genetic testing can be complex. While a result may be categorized as positive, negative, or uncertain, the clinical significance of any result depends strongly on the patient’s personal and family history. Whether or not you are the ordering provider, you may be offering additional guidance and coordinating management changes based on the results. In this lesson you will practice interpreting genetic testing results within a patient’s specific context.
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Pre-Test Decisions & Counseling

Communicating with patients about benefits and limitations of genetic testing is an important part of informed decision-making. In this course, you will watch a short video of a patient and provider discussion about patient motivations for genetic testing. You will practice deciding when and if genetic testing is appropriate, given the clinical and personal context and be presented with tools to help make this task easy to implement in your practice.
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