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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 CCG 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.

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 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.

Contact Us
  • 800-826-HOPE (4673)
  • For more information about the Cancer Screening & Prevention Program, call 626-256-8662, ext. 2.
CCG Newsletter: Closing the Loop
View the current issue: CCG 2013 Newsletter 7-14-14
Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope is internationally  recognized for its innovative biomedical research.
City of Hope is one of only 41 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country, the highest designation awarded by the National Cancer Institute to institutions that lead the way in cancer research, treatment, prevention and professional education.
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