Parent-Child Communication and Testing for Cancer Predisposition

When:  Apr 6, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (CT)

Belinda Mandrell, PhD RN CPNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Memphis, TN



 It is estimated that 20% of individuals with Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS) will be diagnosed with cancer before 20 years of age; however, it is not yet possible to determine when and in whom cancer will develop. Thus, there is life-long uncertainty associated with LFS and this uncertainty is the focus of much of the counseling and medical management of LFS patients. To increase understanding of the challenges inherent in the testing of children for underlying cancer predisposing condition, we explored parent-child communication. This qualitative study interviewed 14 families with an LFS history who proceeded with genetic testing of their child/children. This presentation will describe the factors that influence when parents decide to initiate a conversation about the genetic testing process and the subsequent test results with their child/children, barriers and/or facilitators to disclosure conversations and the manner in which parents communicated the testing results.


Learning Outcomes

1.The learner will be able to identify innovative strategies essential for managing the challenges facing pediatric hematology/oncology nurses and the patients we serve.

2.The learner will demonstrate increased knowledge related to the care of children, adolescents and young adults with hematologic or oncologic disorders.


APHON members may earn CNE at no cost, the fee for non-members is $15. Participants will be awarded 1 CNE contact hour upon completion of the hour-long webinar and completion of a post-test and evaluation. Attendance for the entire webinar session is required for CNE credit. A link to complete the evaluation form and claim CNE contact hours will be distributed after each webinar.

The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Faculty and nurse planners report no conflict of interest with the content of this activity.


Dial-in Instructions:


Jennifer Schap