Susie Caro to Serve as Program Director
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - May 19, 2011 - Saint Thomas Health
has launched Family Cancer Risk Services to help individuals better understand their risk of developing cancer, in addition to offering education and genetic testing.
The program is led by Susie Caro, a registered nurse and nurse practitioner who specializes in cancer genetics.
She joins Saint Thomas Health after previously serving as the director of the VanderbiltIngram Cancer Center Family Cancer Risk Service.
Specific cancer genes are linked to several types of cancer," said Caro
Caro, who has several years of experience in cancer genetics, is a certified advance practice nurse in genetics by the International Society of Nurses in Genetics.
She is available at Baptist Hospital and Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville and Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to counsel and educate individuals or families, administer risk assessments and review family medical history, suggest genetic testing options, coordinate and assess genetic tests and facilitate surveillance and clinical care.
Caro received both her master's and bachelor's degrees in nursing at Vanderbilt University.
She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society - Cancer Genetics Special Interest Group, International Society of Nurses in Genetics and National Society of Genetic Counselors.
She has served as an adjunct instructor at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing as part of the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program and been published on various topics concerning hereditary cancers and women's health.
has lectured extensively on both subjects and is involved in community education awareness activities.
She received the Frances Williams Preston Award for Breast Cancer Awareness from the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the BMW Ultimate Drive Local Hero Award the from Susan G. Komen Foundation Greater Nashville Affiliate.