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Saturday, August 8 • 10:05am - 11:05am
Cancer Genetics Counseling

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Genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk has evolved significantly in the last five years as new genes have been identified and as access to testing has increased. This session is for non-genetics professionals and will provide an overview of the current status of hereditary cancer genetics from the clinician’s standpoint. The following topics will be highlighted: (a) features or “red flags” that are suggestive of hereditary cancer susceptibility within an individual and a family; (b) the recent evolution of genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes to include multi-gene panels for hereditary breast, ovarian, colon, and other cancers; (c) the cancer risks associated with selected hereditary cancer genes including BRCA1 and BRCA2 and newly described genes; (d) cancer risk management options for mutation carriers through a series of case examples; and (e) options for hereditary cancer  families without a definable gene mutation. Throughout the presentation, the nomenclature associated with hereditary cancer genetics will be emphasized and common misconceptions will be highlighted.

Attendees will develop an understanding of the major aspects of a clinical hereditary cancer genetics case and the roles that different healthcare providers play in the management of patients who have inherited a susceptibility to cancer.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the features of a personal and family history that suggest inherited cancer risk.
  2. Understand the current breadth of available hereditary cancer genetic tests.
  3. Describe the screening and risk-reducing options available to patients with BRCA mutations.
  4. Explain how most cancer genetic syndromes are inherited within a family.


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Sarah Ruppert, MS, CGC

Genetics Program Co-Supervisor, Division of Medical Genomics, Inova
Sarah Ruppert is a board-certified genetic counselor who specializes in hereditary cancer syndromes. Since January 2014 she has served as the co-supervisor of the Cancer Genetics Program at Inova, a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia. Her current role is to provide clinical care to patients and to assist with Inova Translational Medicine Institute’s growing list of groundbreaking genomics research studies. Sarah... Read More →

Saturday August 8, 2015 10:05am - 11:05am
Plaza Ballroom A

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