Genetics and genes are two words that we hear all the time in the news, especially when there are new discoveries in cancer. What do these words really mean in relation to cancer? And what do these words mean for survivors of childhood cancer? Workshop participants discussed some common genetic predisposition syndromes and what we can do to determine is a family has a genetic predisposition to cancer. Participants also discussed the pros and cons to having testing done for some of these conditions and discuss how some of these genetic tests are done.
Nikki Parkinson, MSc, CGC
Genetic Counsellor, Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics;
Coordinator, Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Division of Molecular Genetics, DPLM
The Hospital for Sick Children
Lecturer, Department of Molecular Genetics
University of Toronto