New Genetics Of Cancer Educational Website Is On-line

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Researchers at the Northwestern University Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer have developed a new website -- http://www.cancergenetics.org--to teach health professionals and the public about the genetic basis of cancer and new discoveries in the field of cancer genetics.

The website is designed to be a comprehensive educational program that provides a fundamental understanding of genetics, the principles of genetic testing and diagnosis, genetic counseling and cancer risk assessment.

The Lurie Cancer Center developed the website in response to a call from the National Cancer Institute for innovative strategies to expand education and training programs in genetic counseling and/or genetic risk factors related to cancer. Educational grants to the Lurie Cancer Center from the NCI helped fund the creation of the website.

The genetics of cancer website is the brainchild of genetics researcher Eugene Pergament, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Medical School and director of the reproductive genetics program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Morris Fiddler, associate professor at the School for New Learning, DePaul University, Chicago.

Genes control the finely tuned process by which cells replicate and divide. When something goes wrong with this process, genetic mutations result.

Great advances in cancer research over the past 20 years have shown that all cancers, whether from inherited risk or not, are the result of genetic mutations.

But the rapid expansion of basic and clinical research in cancer genetics--and related psychosocial, ethical and legal considerations--often exceeds the knowledge and experience of most health professionals.

"Fortunately, the 'Information Superhighway,' has vastly greater capabilities to disseminate rapidly and widely up-to-date genetic i

Contact: Elizabeth Crown
(312) 503-8928
Northwestern University

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