Physician and Patient Education
Original booklets describing the various forms of inherited colon cancer have been developed and are available for patient education. Copies of these booklets can be obtained by calling 1-888-77-COLON or through the hereditary colon cancer website.
Additional written educational materials about the genetics of cancer are available on the Hopkins pancreatic web site, the hereditary colon cancer website, and the Mid-Atlantic Cancer Genetics Network.
The Colon Cancer Center hosts a multidisciplinary colorectal cancer conference to enhance communication between academic and community physicians and establish consensus on patient treatment plans. A similar program is held by the Breast Center. A monthly high-risk genetics conference is also held, focusing on continuing education for cancer genetics faculty and staff, as well as protocols, guidelines and recommendations for patients with possible genetic predisposition for cancer. Lectures are provided to fellows focusing on the importance of cancer genetics in their practice. Continuing Medical Education credits are available to community physicians and nurses through a variety of courses.
Clinical Cancer GeneticsTraining
Significant educational efforts in the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center are directed to fellows and community physicians. The fellowship course, seminar, and conference structure include information about cancer genetics and related topics.
Johns Hopkins University and the National Human Genome Research Institute of the NIH have a joint genetic counseling training program. The option of participating in supervised clinical rotations in the Cancer Risk Assessment Services, using an established curriculum, is available to students.
The Bloomberg School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins offers nursing classes on cancer genetics and genetic testing and counseling in the Oncology Nursing specialty track. The School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins offers a program in genetic epidemiology and a training grant in cancer epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology.