VA Works Genetics and Colorectal Cancer


The ability to determine a patient’s increased genetic risk of disease and provide appropriate health care is emerging as a component of personalized medicine in VA and is now available to VA clinicians for the first time in history.

The VHA Employee Education System (EES) and Office of Research and Development (ORD) in partnership with the Office of the Secretary and the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) recently launched a continuing education course on genetics and colorectal cancer (CRC).

This program is intended to provide VHA health care providers with the information and skills necessary to undertake genetic risk assessment for colorectal cancer, identify patients at increased risk, refer appropriate patients for genetic counseling and testing and target screening and management to the patient’s risk status. It is the first comprehensive educational tool on genetics of heritable colorectal cancer for a broad category of health care professionals in the United States.

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