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Oral 48 – Implementation of a Digital Cancer Risk Assessment Tool and Genetic Testing Program in Gastroenterology Practices Throughout the US Identifies Inherited Cancer Susceptibility Syndromes in 15.6% of Patients Tested
Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | 2:35 PM – 2:45 PM PT | Location: Ballroom B

Author Insight from Daniel J. Pambianco, MD, FACG, Gastro Health, Charlottesville, VA

What’s new here and important for clinicians?
There is an unfulfilled need for the identification of hereditary genetic cancer predispositions, estimated to affect 2-4% of the population. In this study, we developed a genetic risk assessment tool (questionnaire) and administered it to patients before their appointments. If the assessment yielded positive results, the clinician was promptly informed, who then educated the patient about the potential hereditary genetic risk. Subsequently, we offered these patients a specific genetic assessment for colorectal, pancreatic, ovarian, and breast cancer through on-site saliva collection. For those testing positive, genetic counseling was provided, and the results and recommendations were integrated and shared with their primary care physicians for multidisciplinary evaluation and action. This process was executed seamlessly through an electronic system, both for the healthcare provider and the patient. The outcomes were remarkable, as these discoveries might not have otherwise been detected.

What do patients need to know?
Patients should possess awareness and knowledge regarding hereditary genetic cancer predispositions, as well as the significance of undergoing suitable genetic screening and counseling for themselves and their families. Numerous cancers and conditions of this nature can either be prevented or identified in their early stages.

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Author Contact
Daniel J. Pambianco, MD, FACG, Gastro Health, Charlottesville, VA

dpambianco [at] gastrohealth.com

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