Georgia Cancer Specialists physician Dr. Jayanthi Srinivasiah (Dr. Jay) recently served as chair and moderator of DeKalb Medical’s first annual Cancer Genetics Seminar. The seminar was offered as a response to the growing need for hereditary cancer testing and aimed to educate healthcare providers on how to properly incorporate genetic testing into their practice.
The seminar was held Saturday, April 24 in the Tower Auditorium of DeKalb Medical’s Women’s and Surgery Center.
“Understanding how to test for hereditary cancers is so important,” said Dr. Jay. “The advancements being made in genetics have the power to save lives, and it is a privilege to share this life-saving information with other medical professionals.”
The four-hour program was structured to provide a basic explanation of current genetic research. The seminar also contained information about how to identify and properly communicate risk, and how to develop a personalized cancer risk management plan.
Dr. Jay’s presentation featured information about the molecular basis of carcinogenesis, new treatment modalities and clinical trials, and interactive case discussions.
Special instruction for physicians included training on how to identify patients at risk for hereditary cancer, establish differentials for hereditary cancer syndromes, choose appropriate DNA tests, provide thorough patient education, and integrate administrative support for genetic testing into their practices.
Georgia Cancer Specialists is the largest private medical oncology/hematology practice in the Southeast and a leader in advanced cancer treatment and research. The practice offers community-based medical oncology and hematology services and is the first private oncology practice to also provide a full range of support services for patients in Georgia, including nutritional counseling, pain management, wellness counseling, and home health coordination. The GCS research department, whose focus is bringing targeted cancer therapy to communities, is the first in Georgia to offer Phase I clinical trials, the most novel cancer therapies available. GCS has 30 offices, 42 physicians, and more than 480 support staff members located in Metro Atlanta, North and Central Georgia, Southeast Tennessee, and Southwest North Carolina, and provides care through approximately 205,000 annual patient visits. Georgia Cancer Specialists can be found on the web at www.gacancer.com. GCS is The Cancer Answer.