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10 Receive Training in Cancer Counseling and Testing

The ten (10) were drawn from Peace and Love Hospitals, Ghana, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Counseling Center

Columbia University in the USA has organized a cancer genetic counseling and testing training for a group of ten individuals.

The ten (10) were drawn from Peace and Love Hospitals, Ghana, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Counseling Center

The 4-week course in Ghana started from Wednesday, March 6 to Thursday, March 20, 2024, and covered 8 modules with 8 sessions.

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The student trainees/beneficiaries were equipped with skills and knowledge to combat breast cancer and other cancers in Ghana.

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Some of the topics treated were: genes and the molecular basis of inheritance, background on cancer biology, diagnosis, management, and treatment, indications for cancer genetic counseling, and principles of genetic counseling.

The trainees were also taken through information gathering (family history, medical history, social history), risk assessment and risk calculation, genetic counseling case scenarios, information-giving (risks, options, selecting tests), disclosing results and cascade testing, and implications for medical management.

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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Peace and Love Hospitals, Dr Mrs Beatrice Wiafe Addai, assured that the collaborative effort among Columbia University, USA; Peace and Love Hospitals/Breast Care International, and KNUST (Counseling Unit) is undoubtedly going to be a game changer in the fight against cancer.

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