Ethicolegal Aspects of Cancer Genetics

  • Kenneth Offit
  • Peter Thom
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 155)


In the wake of efficacious preventive interventions based on hereditary cancer risk assessment, a number of ethical and legal challenges have emerged. These include issues such as appropriate testing of children and embryos, the “duty to warn” relatives about familial risk, reproductive genetic testing, the risk of genetic discrimination, and equitable access to testing. These and other issues will be discussed within the framework of a bioethical model, with reference to recent case law.


Genetic Testing Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Genetic Discrimination Equal Employment Opportunity Commission BRCA Testing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clinical Genetics Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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