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New Podcast Series: "Bridging the Gap in Cancer Care Through Genetic Counseling"

New podcast series! 

"Bridging the Gap in Cancer Care Through Genetic Counseling" is hosted by two of Oncology Data Advisor's Editorial Board Members, Hiam Abdel-Salam, MS, CGC, and Catherine Skefos, MA, MS, CGC, both of whom are genetic counselors at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Episode topics will include an introduction to genetic counseling, diseases and circumstances in which genetic counseling is indicated, and personal advice and guidance from speakers about how they prioritize shared decision making and bridge the gap in cancer care through genetic counseling. 





In this first episode of Oncology Data Advisor's new podcast series, Hiam Abdel-Salam and Catherine Skefos provide an introduction to genetic counseling, including how they entered the field, what they do on a day-to-day basis, scenarios in which patients should or should not consider meeting with a genetic counselor, things that are covered in an appointment, and their favorite parts about working as genetic counselors.



In this interview for Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, Hiam Abdel-Salam, MS, CGC, speaks with Donika Saporito, MS, a Certified Genetic Counselor in the Genitourinary Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center, who provides an overview of genetic testing for hereditary kidney cancer syndromes and how she personally counsels the patients she sees. 



Catherine Skefos speaks with her colleague Julie Moskowitz, MS, Genetic Counselor in the Gastrointestinal (GI) Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center, about hereditary aspects of colorectal cancer, how she counsels patients and families regarding their risk of colorectal cancer and related syndromes, and how genetic testing can be used to inform screening decisions and ultimately reduce patients' risk.  


Hiam Abdel-Salam, MS, CGC, is a Certified Genetic Counselor in the Clinical Cancer Genetics Program at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center. She provides cancer risk assessment and counseling for patients in the Breast, Genitourinary, and Pediatric/Adolescent/Young Adult Centers. Her research interests are in the identification of incidental hereditary cancer predispositions in multigene panel testing and communication of hereditary cancer syndromes within families. She has a particular research focus on exploring attitudes and communication about cancer and hereditary cancer risk among racial and ethnic minority populations and improving access to cancer genetic counseling among underserved patients. 

Catherine Skefos, MA, MS, CGC, is a Certified Genetic Counselor in the Clinical Cancer Genetics Program at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she provides cancer risk assessment and counseling to patients in the Endocrine Center. As a genetic counselor working with both pediatric and adult patients, she helps patients and family members understand and adapt to information about inherited cancer risk and genetic testing. Prior to becoming a genetic counselor, she received an MA in Medical Anthropology from the University of South Florida, where her research focused on health care access and health disparity. Catherine has a special interest in teaching, particularly educating health care providers about the utility of genetic counseling and testing with the goal of improving patient access to genetic services. 


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