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Cancer Predisposition Experts and Information

Cancer predisposition specialists evaluate and care for children who are at an increased genetic risk for cancer. These specialists, including doctors, nurses and genetic counselors, work with families to find out if a child’s cancer might be inherited (passed down through their family) and to find new and better ways to help families with a higher-than-normal chance of getting cancer.

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Cancer Predisposition Experts

  • Stacy Hines-Dowell, DNP, AGN-BC, FNP-BC

    Stacy Hines-Dowell, DNP, St. Jude Department of Oncology, Cancer Predisposition Division, is an expert in genetic literacy. She focuses on developing novel approaches to sharing genetic health education directly with underserved communities. Her other research interests are newborn screening, sickle cell disease and education pertaining to genetic literacy. 

  • Kim E. Nichols, MD

    Kim Nichols, MD, St. Jude Department of Oncology, Cancer Predisposition Division director, is an expert on genetic predisposition. She studies the molecular mechanisms that protect against viral infections and cancer to learn how defects in these mechanisms contribute to disease. She uses this information to develop more effective treatments for children with increased genetic risk for infection or malignancy. She led the landmark Genomes4Kids study at St. Jude and continues to lead clinical studies on disorders such as Langerhans cell histiocytosis and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. Nichols can also provide information on the psychological and behavioral impacts of cancer genetic testing on parents and their children.