Genetic Testing in Prostate Cancer: Ethical & Legal Considerations

In the third part of a four-part series, Victor R. Cotton, MD, JD, outlines emerging ethical and legal issues in genetic testing for prostate cancer, as well as how these fit into patient care. He highlights a case where a lack of genetic testing exposed treating physicians to financial liability, discusses inconsistency in lab results and the legal implications of that inconsistency, and gives guidelines for when physicians may or may not be liable if patients are not genetically screened. This educational program is supported is Myriad Genetics.

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