An interactive computer program for educating and counseling patients about genetic susceptibility to breast cancer

Michael J. Green, Norman Fost

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Educating individuals who seek information about genetic testing for cancer susceptibility is a complex task. Because of the psychological and social risks to patients of being identified as susceptible to a genetic disorder, it is important that education take place before a patient undergoes gene testing. However, it is not known who will provide such education. Since primary care physicians have limited knowledge, time, and confidence with genetic counseling, they are not ideal educators. Genetic counselors are well trained to provide the service, but many patients lack access to them. Other specialists are scarce. Interactive computers hold much promise as a supplemental or alternative modality for education. The authors describe their experience with developing an interactive CD-ROM on gene testing and breast cancer, and respond to anticipated criticisms of this technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-208
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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