Why Should Oncology Nurses Be Interested in Genetics?

Jean Jenkins

Agnes Masny

CJON 2003, 7(5), 576-580. DOI: 10.1188/03.CJON.576-580

This chapter excerpt from the book Genetics in Oncology Practice: Cancer Risk Assessment, edited by Amy Strauss Tranin, ARNP, MS, AOCN®, Agnes Masny, RN, MPH, MSN, CRNP, and Jean Jenkins, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the first in a new series of clinically relevant reprints that will appear periodically in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.

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