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Nurs Clin North Am. 2017 Mar;52(1):1-25. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2016.11.001.

Genetics and Genomics in Oncology Nursing: What Does Every Nurse Need to Know?

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School of Nursing, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA; Inherited Cancer Clinic, Bon Secours St. Francis Cancer Center, 104 Innovation Drive, Greenville, SC 29607, USA. Electronic address:


In addition to the need for basic education about genetics/genomics, other approaches are suggested to include awareness campaigns, continuing education courses, policy review, and onsite clinical development. These alternative learning strategies encourage oncology nurses across the continuum of care, from the bedside/seatside to oncology nurse research, to integrate genomics into all levels of practice and research in the specialty of oncology nursing. All nurses are warriors in the fight against cancer. The goal of this article is to identify genomic information that oncology nurses, at all levels of care, need to know and use as tools in the war against cancer.


Cancer genetics; Cancer risk assessment; Clinical practice; Genetics and genomics; Hereditary cancer syndromes; Nurses

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