Knowledge Is Power: Benefits, Risks, Hopes, and Decision-Making Reported by Parents Consenting to Next-Generation Sequencing for Children and Adolescents with Cancer.
OBJECTIVES: To qualitatively describe parent perspectives of next-generation genomic sequencing (NGS) for their children with cancer, including perceived benefits, risks, hopes/expectations, and decision-making process when consenting or not consenting to NGS and prior to result disclosure.
DATA SOURCES: Qualitative interviews were used.
CONCLUSION: Altruism is an important factor in parents consenting to NGS testing, as well as making sense of their child's cancer and legacy building. Parents described realistic hopes and expectations associated with NGS participation. Although parents endorsed the likelihood of no medical benefit, those consenting to NGS felt there was no reason not to participate. Parents declining participation expressed avoidance of worry and parent guilt if a germline variant were to be disclosed.
IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: As NGS evolves into a component of the routine diagnostic workup for pediatric cancer patients, genetic nurses play a role in conducting informed consent conversations and ensuring that patients and families have realistic hopes and expectations associated with NGS.
Seminars in oncology nursing
Mandrell, Belinda N; Jami S Gattuso; Michele Pritchard; Mary Caples; Katianne M Howard Sharp; Lynn Harrison; Annastasia A Ouma; Jessica M Valdez; Liza-Marie Johnson; and Kim E Nichols. "Knowledge Is Power: Benefits, Risks, Hopes, and Decision-Making Reported by Parents Consenting to Next-Generation Sequencing for Children and Adolescents with Cancer.." Seminars in oncology nursing (2021): 151167-151167. doi:10.1016/j.soncn.2021.151167.