Original Publication Date: 21 February, 2014
Publication / Source: Breast Cancer Management
Authors: Tiffani A DeMarco, Sarah E Murphy, Andrea C Johnson & Kenneth P Tercyak
Family communication about high-risk hereditary breast cancer genetic testing (e.g., genetic testing for BRCA1/2 mutations) and maternal disclosure of cancer genetic test results to minor children is a complex decision and raises a number of parenting challenges. Genetic counseling can help mitigate some of these challenges by providing patients with educational resources. The development of family communication decision-support tools can further augment patients’ genetic counseling experience by creating a more shared and informed framework for understanding communication choices and outcomes.