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Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

UT Southwestern Medical Center, Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dallas, Texas

CancerGene Connect — Creating a Virtual Genetic Counseling Environment

University of Texas Simmons Cancer Center has developed CancerGene Connect, a patient–driven online genetic risk assessment program. Using CancerGene Connect, patients complete a family and medical history online prior to their appointment, often resulting in a more accurate history. The program allows genetic counselors to calculate patient risk for specific hereditary syndromes and specific cancers, and to create a complete pedigree prior to the patient's visit.

The program fulfills all the clinical documentation requirements for the new Commission on Cancer Standard 2.3 for Risk Assessment and Genetic Testing and Counseling and NAPBC Standard 2.16. Use of the CancerGene Connect program has allowed the genetic counseling program to cut evaluation and documentation time in half and to expand their program without increasing staff or compromising patient care.

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Listen to a full recording of UT Southwestern's presentation at the ACCC 30th National Oncology Conference. (Available to ACCC members only.)