Testing, Information Access

Many question whether the initiative can adequately address issues of privacy and the need for education.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is planning to launch a potentially controversial national information network in the fall. It will provide cancer genetic testing information to physicians and patients in an attempt to help them stay up-to-date, as well as access to the latest genetic testing protocols that NCI offers.

IN FAVOR: OncorMed's Doug Dolginow believes his firm will benefit from the network.
The new program-dubbed the National Cancer Genetics Network-is the brainchild of NCI director Richard Klausner. He and other program officials hope this information will help them understand the usefulness of the tests and gauge the measures taken to reduce the disease risks the tests reveal. Eventually, they hope to offer testing and treatment guidelines based on these results.

The network is conceived as a "two-way street," says...

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