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About This Course

Cancer genetic testing can be complicated, and is best done in collaboration with a genetics expert. Many professional societies recommend that a qualified genetics professional facilitate genetic testing. At any step of the genetic testing process, genetics experts and/or the laboratory are available for consultation or referral.

The purpose of this resource is to familiarize you with the steps involved in ordering genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk, which include finding a lab, facilitating informed consent, and submitting the sample and clinical information to the lab.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of practicing nurses and/or advanced practice nurses, physicians and physician assistants.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize steps and resources to help in ordering testing

CNE Information and Disclosures

Release Date: 5/3/2017
Expiration Date: 4/4/2019

    CNE Approval Statement

    This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont Nurses Associations are members of the Northeast Multi-State Division of the American Nurses Association.

    Claiming Your Credit
    In order to claim credit 1) answer the pre-assessment questions, 2) work through the module content in its entirety, 3) successfully complete the post-assessment answering 2 out of 4 questions correctly and 4) complete the evaluation.    

    Nurses are eligible for a maximum of .25 contact hours upon the completion of this activity.

    Planners, Writers, and Reviewers

    • Emily Edelman, MS, CGC, The Jackson Laboratory
    • Greg Feero, MD, PhD, Maine General Medical Center; Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency program
    • Therese Ingram Nissen, MA, The Jackson Laboratory
    • Suzanne Levasseur, APRN
    • Kate Reed, MPH, ScM, CGC, The Jackson Laboratory
    • Suzanna Schott, ScM, CGC, The Jackson Laboratory
    • Robin Schwartz, MS, CGC, UCONN Health, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences
    • Linda Steinmark, ScM, CGC, The Jackson Laboratory

    Dr. Abdullah Elias, MD, Shodair Children's Hospital, and Dr. Susan Miesfeldt, Maine Medical Center, contributed to an earlier version of this program.

    Conflict of Interest Disclosure

    This educational activity does not include any content that relates to the products and/or services of a commercial interest that would create a conflict of interest.

    Commercial Support
    An earlier version of this program was supported by educational grants from The Maine Cancer Foundation and The Jackson Laboratory Director's Innovation Fund. There is no commercial support being received for this activity.


    Hardware/software Requirements

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    Screen resolution of 800X600 or higher
    Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher

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    Should you have questions regarding the content of the activity, please email Clinical and Continuing Education at the Jackson Laboratory or call 207.288.6971.

    Should you have technical questions, please email Therese Ingram.