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Cancer Genetics Education Program

Cancer Genetics Education Program
The Division of Clinical Cancer Genetics at City of Hope offers educational coursesand self-teaching tools forprofessionals in the fields of cancer and cancer genetics.ThisCancer Genetics Education Program (CGEP) is supported inpart by funding fromthe NCI (IRC4CA153828-01 andIR25CA112486).
Dramatic advances in our understanding of the genetic basis for cancer have led to the development of new technologies and tools for genetic cancer risk assessment. The Cancer Genetics Education Program at City of Hope offers a series of comprehensive learning tools designed to enhance the education of primary care physicians and clinical oncology professionals on the topics of cancer genetics and cancer risk assessment, and their application to patient care. Through a series of educational courses, workshops, seminars, newsletters and a direct, interactive electronic communications network, professionals can be tutored in the latest information on cancer molecular genetics, the fundamentals of obtaining an adequate family history, understanding genetic cancer risk assessment, ethical and legal complexities of genetic testing, and other current/timely topics.
Cancer Genetics Career Development Program
City of Hope offers an innovative  Cancer Genetics Career Development Program (CGCDP) whichprovides interdisciplinary training focused on cancer genetics and cancer prevention control research. The Traineeship is open to three applicants per year.
Intensive Course in Cancer Risk Assessment
City of Hope's Division of Clinical Cancer Genetics offers an annual CME/CEU-accredited multi-modal intensive course to address the need for professional training in clinical cancer genetics and research collaboration for community-based clinicians.
Clinical Cancer Genetics Community of Practice
City of Hope Clinical Cancer Genetics Community of Practice brings cancer genetics practitioners from diverse practice settings together for professional learning, enduring patient-centered support and dynamic community-based research collaborations to promote quality care and improved patient outcomes across the U.S. and internationally.


The Clinical Cancer Genetics Community Research Network (CCGCRN) is a large research group ofover 30collaborating sites in the United States and Mexico. The cornerstone of this network is the City of Hope Hereditary Cancer Research Registry (Molecular Genetic Studies in Cancer Patients and their Relatives; IRB# 96144), a prospective research registry protocol initiated at the City of Hope in 1996, by Principal Investigator Jeffrey Weitzel, MD. The registry serves as a biospecimen repository with personal and family medical history, psycho-social and clinical follow-up data, and 4-generation family pedigree. As members of the CCGCRN, research collaborators can use the message board and forums to post questions and communicate with other members in the network.

Working Group

Clinical Cancer Genetics (CCG) Working Group is a CME-accredited interdisciplinary cancer genetics case conference series conducted each week by the City of Hope clinical team. CSPPN and affiliated clinicians across the U.S. present cases from their community practices via web conferencing for discussion and recommendations on risk assessment, surveillance, risk management and identification of research eligibility for cases covering the full spectrum of hereditary cancer.

Cancer Genetics Community Link

The Cancer Genetics Community Discussion Board is a Web-based discussion board for collaborative, interdisciplinary practice-based support and continuing professional learning. CCG Community of Practice members are encouraged to post and respond to case-based questions and share resources with a growing, multidisciplinary network of professionals engaged in the practice of clinical cancer genetics. Messages are posted and archived under topic-specific forums, allowing members to search for information by topic of interest.
Case Consultation Questions

Breast/Ovarian Cancers (Uninformative BRCA Test Results)

Breast/Ovarian Cancers (Testing)

Breast/Ovarian Cancers (Probability/Empiric Risks)

Breast/Ovarian Cancers (Risk Management)

Breast/Ovarian Cancers (Hormone Replacement Therapy)

Male Breast Cancers

Gastrointestinal Cancers (Lynch Related)

Gastrointestinal Cancers (Polyposis Syndromes)

Gastrointestinal Cancers (Non-Colorectal)

Gastrointestinal Cancers (Risk Management)

Genitourinary Cancer


Endocrine Neoplasias

Pediatric Cancers

ELSI-Ethical, Legal, Social Issues


Clinical Resources

Progeny/Pedigree Drawing Issues


Clinical Cancer Genetics Working Group

CCG Working Group Case Conferences



Suggestion/Comment Box


Clinical Cancer Genetics Education Team

Clinical Cancer Genetics Events Calendar

Clinical Cancer Genetics
The City of Hope Division of Clinical Cancer Genetics is committed to being a national leader in the advancement of cancer genetics, screening and prevention, through innovative patient care, research and education.

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  • Meet City of Hope’s new chair of the Department of Surgery – esteemed pancreatic and hepatobiliary surgeon, researcher and author Yuman Fong, M.D. As one of today’s most respected and recognizable physicians in the treatment of cancers of the liver, bile duct, gallbladder and pancreas, Fong has pioneered and en...
  • For most of her life, Southern California teenager Kayla Saikaly described herself as healthy, even very healthy. She played basketball. She never missed school with as much as a fever. Her worst childhood illness was nothing more than a cold. Then, when she was 13, her nose started bleeding after a basketball ...
  • Neuroblastoma is one of the deadliest childhood cancers, accounting for 15 percent of pediatric cancer deaths. For patients with high-risk neuroblastomas, the five-year survival rate is 40 to 50 percent even with the most rigorous treatments available today. But those odds may improve soon, thanks to a new comp...
  • For breast cancer survivors, a common worry is a recurrence of their cancer. Currently, these patients are screened with regular mammograms, but there’s no way to tell who is more likely to have a recurrence and who is fully cleared of her cancer. A new blood test – reported in Cancer Research, a journal of the...
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  • Cancer risk varies by ethnicity, as does the risk of cancer-related death. But the size of those differences can be surprising, highlighting the health disparities that exist among various ethnic groups in the United States. Both cancer incidence and death rates for men are highest among African-Americans, acco...
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  • Few decisions are more important than those involving health care, and few decisions can have such lasting impact, not only on oneself but on relatives and loved ones. Those choices, especially, should be made in advance – carefully, deliberately, free of pain and stress, and with much weighing of values and pr...
  • Using a card game to make decisions about health care, especially as those decisions relate to the end of life, would seem to be a poor idea. It isn’t. The GoWish Game makes those overwhelming, but all-important decisions not just easy, but natural. On each card of the 36-card deck is listed what seriously ill,...
  • Young adults and adolescents with cancer face unique challenges both during their treatment and afterward. Not only are therapies for children and older adults not always appropriate for them, they also must come to terms with the disease and treatment’s impact on their relationships, finances, school or ...
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer, other than skin cancer, among women in the United States. It’s also the second-leading cause of cancer death, behind lung cancer. In the past several years, various task force recommendations and studies have questioned the benefits of broad screening guidelines fo...
  • Paternal age and the health effects it has on potential offspring have been the focus of many studies, but few have examined the effect parental age has on the risk of adult-onset hormone-related cancers (breast cancer, ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer). A team of City of Hope researchers, lead by Yani Lu,...