Since the 2001 publication of the highly acclaimed second edition of Counseling About Cancer, the field of cancer genetics has grown tremendously. More hereditary cancer syndromes have been identified, more genetic tests have been developed, and more cancer monitoring methods have been designed. In addition, new discoveries and emerging research in molecular and clinical cancer genetics are pointing to possible breakthroughs in the detection, treatment, and prevention of inherited forms of cancer.
Readers can confidently turn to this new third edition for current support in educating clients and their families about cancer risks as well as helping them choose among the latest genetic tests and cancer monitoring methods. Moreover, this comprehensive text helps genetic counselors explain the implications of genetic test results and refer their patients to appropriate health care providers.
Designed to serve as a reference to all aspects of genetic cancer counseling, Counseling About Cancer offers:
Clinical features of 36 hereditary cancer syndromes, including risks, diagnostic criteria, genetic testing options, and resources for families
Tables listing major cancer syndromes by organ type
Pedigrees illustrating the features of cancer syndromes and other family issues
Case studies demonstrating how counseling strategies discussed in the text are implemented in practice
Detailed discussions and examples of sensitive ethical issues in cancer genetic counseling
This third edition has been completely revised and updated, making it the ideal resource for cancer genetic counselors who need quick access to the latest findings and evidence–based standards of practice. Readers familiar with the previous edition of Counseling About Cancer will find a wealth of new material, including five new chapters dedicated to breast cancer, colon cancer, other solid tumors, clients and families, and genetic test results and follow–up.
Anyone involved in cancer genetic counseling will find that this text not only provides current, comprehensive information, but also explains how to communicate this information as effectively and sensitively as possible.
CHAPTER 1: CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY, 1
CHAPTER 2: CANCER DETECTION AND TREATMENT, 23
CHAPTER 3: CANCER BIOLOGY, 47
CHAPTER 4: HEREDITARY CANCER SYNDROMES, 75
CHAPTER 5: ALL ABOUT BREAST CANCER, 151
CHAPTER 6: ALL ABOUT COLORECTAL CANCER, 187
CHAPTER 7: COLLECTING AND INTERPRETING CANCER HISTORIES, 221
CHAPTER 8: CANCER RISK COMMUNICATION, 267
CHAPTER 9: GENETIC TESTING AND COUNSELING, 309
CHAPTER 10: PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF CANCER COUNSELING, 357
CHAPTER 11: ETHICAL ISSUES IN CANCER GENETIC COUNSELING, 409
APPENDIX A: SPECIFIC TUMOR TYPES AND ASSOCIATED SYNDROMES, 445
APPENDIX B: REVIEW OF BASIC PEDIGREE SYMBOLS, 457