Journal article

Using family history forms in pediatric oncology to identify patients for genetic assessment.

A Hamilton, E Smith, J Hamon, E Tomiak, M Bassal, SL Sawyer

Curr Oncol | Published : 2017

Abstract

Objective: We set out to identify and offer genetic testing to the 5%-10% of pediatric cancer patients who have been estimated to carry germline mutations in inherited cancer predisposition syndromes. Clinical genetic testing has become widely available, and thus in busy oncology clinics, tools are needed to identify patients who could benefit from a referral to genetics. Methods: We studied the clinical utility of administering a family history form in the pediatric oncology long-term follow-up clinic to identify patients who might have an inherited cancer predisposition syndrome. Genetic testing involved primarily Sanger sequencing in clia (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments)-certi..

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