Genetic testing resources for healthcare providers
Genetic testing refers to a broad range of applications from family history collection and assessment to whole genome screening. Each test has its own benefits and limitations based on both the specific technology used and the indication for the test. The resources below explore different types of genetic testing and their applications.
Pretest Counseling Key Points Factsheet. Outlines key points to address during pretest counseling.
Nomenclature Factsheet. Defines terms and abbreviations commonly used by laboratories to describe variants.
Results Interpretation Tool. Provides a table to help interpret positive, negative, and uncertain results from cancer genetic testing.
Genetic Testing Methods eBook. Provides information about different genetic testing methods currently used in testing for hereditary cancer syndromes (enhanced e-book available for download).
The ABCs of Chromosomal Microarray. Explains features of chromosomal microarray, including how the test works, what it detects, common indications, and considerations in results interpretation.
Communicating Risk Factsheet. Outlines key points to consider when communicating risk to patients.
Components of a Cancer Genetic Counseling Session Factsheet. Discusses the core components of a cancer genetic counseling session.
Accessing Genetic Services Tool. Lists tools and websites to help find genetics professionals and provides patient talking points about referring to genetics.
Cancer Genetic Services in Maine and Connecticut Tool. Lists available cancer genetic services in Maine and Connecticut.
Genomic Technologies for Oncologists eBook. Provides an overview of genomic technologies used in cancer research and clinical care (enhanced e-book available for download).
GINA Discussion Guide. Provides talking points and key information about genetic discrimination and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which protects individuals from the misuse of genetic information in health insurance and employment.
Communicating with Family Factsheet. Provides tips for the provider to assist in family communication about genetic testing and risk.
Informed Consent Checklist. Outlines key points to include in pretest counseling that help prepare an individual for the potential outcomes of genetic testing.
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