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Hereditary Cancer Education

The Hereditary Cancer Program provides a range of learning opportunities (continuing education and professional development) for current and future health care professionals with an interest in hereditary cancer.

Hereditary Cancer Rounds are an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 

The objectives of Hereditary Cancer Rounds are to:

  • Enhance knowledge of the genetic basis, prognosis, treatment and screening of hereditary cancer
  • Promote information exchange between disciplines
  • Provide opportunity to share knowledge, perspectives and experience between specialists who provide care for individuals and families with hereditary cancer
Hereditary Cancer Rounds are offered on the 2nd Friday of the month (except July/August), 9:00 am-10:00 am PST and are open to any health care professional who provides care for people with hereditary cancer, and/or has interest in cancer genetics.

How to attend

Hereditary Cancer Rounds can be attended in person, by videolink or by WebEx. For more information on how to attend, click "+" on the options below.

To find out about upcoming rounds and meetings, email genetic counsellors Susan Creighton or Nili Heidary to join the HCP Rounds email list.

4th Floor Boardroom
Vancouver Centre, BC Cancer
600 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Please email Telehealth to set up a videolink to these rounds.


Remote access via WebEx is available on both personal and work computers. The meeting number for the 2018/2019 series is 801 879 573.


Upcoming rounds

  • September 13

Recent rounds

To view recordings/presentation slides of recent HCP rounds, please click on the link(s) below. 


To review archived Hereditary Cancer Rounds, click on the year below. Available presentation slides/videos can be accessed via the description link:

Genetic Testing and Life Insurance
Next-generation Sequencing in Clinical Research and Practice
BRCA Mutation Prediction Models
Hereditary Kidney Cancer: Current Status and Insights from the KCRNC
Hereditary Cancer Testing in the Edmonton Molecular Diagnostic Lab: The Good, the Bad and the Interesting
Ethical Implications of Whole Genome Sequencing for Oncology Patients
Updates from the Australian 'Familial Aspects of Cancer: Research and Practice' Meeting (August 2015)
Cancer Risk Education with a Diverse Low-Income, Low-Health Literacy & Limited English Proficiency Population
Fanconi Anemia - Breaking Apart the Complex Cancer and Genetic Counselling Issues

Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from an Ethicist's Perpective

Special Grand Rounds - Personalized Genomics and Cancer Prevention

Confidence Intervals: Inspiring Confidence or Confusion?

5th International Symposium on Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer - Twenty Years of Advances 
The Lymphoma Family Study 

Familial Cancer Research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Beyond BRCA for Hereditary Cancer Syndromes

Screening for Muir-Torre Syndrome Using Mismatch Repair Protein Immunohistochemistry of Sebaceous Neoplasms
Management of Hereditary Breast Cancer

Changing the Paradigm of Pancreatic Cancer: New Testing, New Treatment, New Optimism
Telomeres & Hereditary Cancer
03/09/12British Columbia's Personalized Medicine Initiative: Next Generation Sequencing & the Personalization of Cancer Control
Hereditary Cancer Program's High-Risk (Breast) Clinic: Experience to Date
4th International Symposium on Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer - From Theory to Practice
CDKN2A: Past, Present and Future
2012 Canadian Assoc of Genetic Counsellors Short Course & Annual Education Conference
16th Annual Meeting of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer (CGA-ICC, Boston)
Other Learning Opportunities
Hereditary Cancer Program (HCP) team members are pleased to provide a range of learning opportunities for current and future health care professionals with an interest in hereditary cancer. These include: 

  1. HCP introduction for medical residents/fellows
    • Family practice
    • Gynecology
    • Oncology – medical, radiation, surgical
    • Other
  2. Clinical rotations for genetic counselling students, medical genetics residents/fellows
  3. Job shadowing for future genetic counsellors
  4. Volunteering with HCP
  5. Presentations for professional and community education events
To contact HCP with a specific request, click here to send an email.
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