The Psychological Impacts of Genetic Testing on Patients
The decision of actress Angelina Jolie to have a prophylactic double mastectomy after discovering she had a genetic mutation putting her at high risk for breast cancer has increased the awareness about genetic screening. This session will focus on the psychological and social effects of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and the importance of informing and supporting women with a high likelihood of developing those cancers. The importance of counseling patients who are either considering genetic testing or have already undergone testing and may be considering prophylactic surgery will be discussed.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- Outline the psychological and social effects of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and the importance of informing and supporting women with a high likelihood of developing those cancers
- Explain the importance of counseling patients who are considering genetic testing or have already undergone testing and may be considering prophylactic surgery
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Katherine A. Schneider, MPH, CGC
Senior Genetic Counselor
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
- 0.75 AMA - Physicians
- 0.75 ANCC - Nurses
- 0.75 Attendance - General Attendance