Genetics Toolkit

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide oncology professionals with the tools and resources that will assist them in effectively integrating hereditary cancer risk assessment into practice. Approximately 5% to 10% of cancers are attributable to a hereditary cancer predisposition syndrome. Identifying those who have this genetic predisposition has significant implications for cancer screening, surgical treatment, systemic treatment choices (including chemotherapy and targeted therapies), prognosis, subsequent cancer risks for the individual, and cancer risk for relatives. As an accompaniment to the educational opportunities and guidance ASCO offers on hereditary risk assessment and management, this resource has been developed to serve as a repository of tools and resources to assist oncology providers with hereditary risk management within their practices.

ASCO University Courses

  • Cancer Genetics Program
    This 10-module program is designed to increase knowledge in the area of hereditary cancer genetics. The course provides a comprehensive collection on an array of topics related to the genetic cancer risk assessment process.

  • Genetics and Genomics for the Practicing Clinician: ASCO 2015 Annual Meeting Seminar
    This seminar is designed for physicians and those involved in patient care addressing cancer genetics and tumor genomics. (Approximate time for completion: 5 hours)

  • Molecular Oncology Tumor Boards
    The Molecular Oncology Tumor Boards are a series of monthly user-driven discussions designed to help cancer care providers with the interpretation and understanding of tumor molecular profiling tests and studies. Moderated by an expert pathologist and medical oncologist, each case is updated with new information over a two-week period as user comments are added.

ASCO Symposia and Annual Meetings

Other Educational Resources

Additional Resources 

ASCO Policy Statement Update: Genetic and Genomic Testing for Cancer Susceptibility (Robson ME, et al. JCO. 2015)
ASCO Statement Update: Genetic and Genomic Testing for Cancer Susceptibility (Robson ME, et al. JCO. 2010)
ASCO Statement Update: Genetic Testing for Cancer Susceptibility (ASCO Special Article. JCO. 2003)

Comments or Questions? Please contact us at Prevention@asco.org

ASCO appreciates the contributions of Marie Wood, Joanne Jeter, and the members of the Genetics Subcommittee and Cancer Prevention Committee in the development of this resource.

Content last reviewed December 2018

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