Hereditary Cancer Syndromes: Identifying and Treating Patients at Risk - CMEZ60278

Hereditary Cancer Syndromes: Identifying and Treating Patients at Risk

by Nancy Ledbetter, MSN, RN, CNS, APNG, AOCNS
(4.8 / 6 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.90 Credits)
Physician (1.90 Credits)

Price: $24.00
CE-PRO Price: $12.00


Family history has long been an established risk factor for cancer. Family history influences cancer risk in many ways. Families share genes, but they also tend to share habits and environments that create disease clusters among relatives. A small subset (5% to 10% of all cancers) are due to a hereditary syndrome. Genetic tests have been developed and are in use for at least 50 known hereditary cancer syndromes. People with hereditary cancer syndromes benefit from strategies aimed at prevention, early detection through surveillance, and improved cancer treatment. Genetic testing for hereditary predisposition to cancer, and knowledge of the resultant impact on medical care, are rapidly evolving. Genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk has become the standard of care in many clinical circumstances.     


The goal of this continuing education program is to enhance healthcare providers’ understanding of hereditary cancer syndromes, with emphasis on two of the most common syndromes: hereditary breast/ovarian cancer syndrome (HBOC caused by BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations) and hereditary colon cancer, including Lynch syndrome and polyposis (multiple polyps). After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • List three goals of genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes
  • Name three cancers for which there are effective prevention and/or screening interventions for patients at high hereditary risk
  • Identify three limitations of genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes
  • Discuss how the interprofessional healthcare team should collaborate to promote educational goals related to three hereditary cancer syndromes

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # 50-1489).
The Florida Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, and Physician Assistants will not accept contact hours offered in tenth hour increments (example: 1.6 contact hours). Course contact hours will be rounded down to the nearest half hour (example: 1.6 contact hours becomes 1.5 contact hours, 1.4 contact hours becomes 1 contact hour). This course will be reported to CE Broker for FL physicians and physicians assistants as 1.5 hours.
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.9 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.9 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 1/17/2019
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/17/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 1/17/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Jan G - Lake City, FL  ·  Oct 24, 2019
Excellent and thorough
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SUSAN D B - washington, DC  ·  Jun 15, 2019
Excellent presentation
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TAMMY P - newark, DE  ·  Jan 27, 2019
very important information being an oncology nurse
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Price: $24.00
CE-PRO Price: $12.00