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Genetics & Genomics

Apply Resources to Practice: Use Current Genetics and Genomics Content in Oncology

Suzanne M. Mahon
CJON 2017, 21(1), 34-38 DOI: 10.1188/17.CJON.34-38

Genetic and genomic science directly affects oncology nursing care. Many resources are available to enable oncology nurses to better understand and deliver competent genomic care to patients and families. This article relays resources for germline genetic testing, tumor profiling, pharmacogenomics, and nursing education.


  • Oncology nurses need to know when to refer patients for germline genetic testing and how to support patients with suspected hereditary cancer syndromes.
  • Somatic genetic testing of tumors and pharmacogenomics are emerging strategies to personalize treatment of disease.
  • Many resources are available to nurses and educators to better understand genetic and genomic science and to promote safe, comprehensive patient care.

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