Introduction to Cancer Genetic Counseling

Spring

The focus of this course is to provide students with an understanding of cancer genetic counseling through case based study of clinical services. This course will provide students with an introduction to the medicine of breast, ovarian and colon cancers, including anatomy and physiology of affected organs, screening modalities and treatment options. Familiarize students with the terminology and vocabulary associated with oncology, pathology and cancer genetic counseling. Instruct students on family and medical history collection, pedigree interpretation and cancer risk model utilization. Inform students about testing criterion, presentation of testing options and interpretation of test results. Explore the psychosocial aspects of hereditary cancer syndromes, family dynamics, patient autonomy and grief.