Cancer Genomics - Provider Resources

Position Papers:

  • Michigan Cancer Genomics Alliance: Genetic Counseling and Testing for Hereditary Cancer Predisposition Syndromes (September 2020)

  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Committee Opinion #478: "Family History as a Risk Assessment Tool"
    All women should have a family health history on file, and it should be reviewed and updated regularly. The article lists common screening tools. Although many adult-onset health problems have complex genetic and environmental interactions, obtaining that information in a family history can help patients modify their diet, lose weight, or exercise, to improve their outcome or delay the onset of symptoms (Reaffirmed 2018)

Provider Tools:

  • GeneReviews ®
    GeneReviews, an international point-of-care resource for busy clinicians, provides clinically relevant and medically actionable information for inherited conditions in a standardized journal-style format, covering diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling for patients and their families. Each chapter in GeneReviews is written by one or more experts on the specific condition or disease and goes through a rigorous editing and peer review process before being published online.

  • Michigan PRAMS Delivery Family History of Breast and Ovarian Cancer - The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is a program that, with coordination from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helps gather data about moms' health before, during, and after their pregnancy. This issue of PRAMS delivery examines the prevalence of family history of breast and ovarian cancer among Michigan mothers and self-reported prenatal discussions about family health history. The PRAMS Delivery Sharing Toolkit provides suggestions on how to best use the information in the PRAMS Delivery Issue.

  • Interactive Guide to Hereditary Cancer Indications to Referral


Websites of Interest:
  • Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention (EGAPP)
    The EGAPP Working Group was established in 2005 to support the development of a systematic process for assessing the available evidence regarding the validity and utility of rapidly emerging genetic tests for clinical practice.  This independent, multidisciplinary panel prioritizes and selects tests, reviews Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-commissioned evidence reports and other contextual factors, highlights critical knowledge gaps, and provides guidance on appropriate use of genetic tests in specific clinical scenarios .

  • Michigan Cancer Genetics Alliance (MCGA)
    The MCGA is a collaborative network that provides leadership, education and advocacy in issues relating to cancer genetics in Michigan. The organization also promotes research and communication, serves as a resource for expert information, and facilitates translation of cancer genetics research into practice. The MCGA is open to healthcare professionals and members of professional health care organizations that have an interest in cancer genetics and the mission of the MCGA.

  • Michigan's Genetics Resource Center
    This website is intended to be a one-stop site for genetics information in Michigan. The Genetic Literacy Section provides links to publications, courses, and Web sites that help members of the public and health professionals make the best use of genetic information for preventing disease and improving health, as well as links to resources about family support services for individuals with genetic conditions or other special health needs
  • National Cancer Institute — Office of Cancer Genomics
    The mission of the NCI’s Office of Cancer Genomics (OCG) is to enhance understanding of the molecular mechanisms of cancer, with the ultimate goal of improving the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. This site offers information about the Office of Cancer Genomics and its programs, funding opportunities, resources, and recent news and events.
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network
    The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 28 leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education, is dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives. NCCN offers a number of programs to give clinicians access to tools and knowledge that can help guide decision-making in the management of cancer.
  • U.S. Surgeon General's My Family Health Portrait
    This family health history tool helps consumers assemble and share family health history information, as well as, help practitioners to use health   history information to provide informed and personalized care for patients.