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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2024

Inherited Risk in Patients with Pancreatic Acinar Cell Carcinoma

In a study of a rare type of pancreatic cancer, called pancreatic acinar cell cancer (PACC), over one third (36.7%) of a total of 49 patients with PACC had a mutation in an inherited cancer gene. The most commonly mutated gene was BRCA2 (12), and other genes included BRCA1 (1), PALB2 (2), ATM (2), and …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2024

BRCA-Associated Prostate Cancer Treatment Updates

New studies to guide treatment strategies in men with prostate cancer and a BRCA mutation were recently published. Specifically, a recent study suggested that platinum-based chemotherapy may be as effective as PARP inhibitors for individuals with BRCA-positive metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.1 The study sheds light on treatment options for advanced prostate cancer patients. More recently, …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2024

Ask the Expert

This question was addressed by Ronald D. Alvarez, MD, MBA, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also the current vice chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Ovarian Cancer Treatment Guidelines and has served in multiple leadership roles in …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2024

How Well Do Cancer Risk Management strategies Work Among BRCA Carriers

Several important studies were published recently on the effectiveness of risk management strategies in BRCA carriers. Specifically, a recently published study in which ICARE participants were included suggested that preventive bilateral mastectomy for BRCA carriers greatly reduced the risk of developing breast cancer by 80%.1 Additionally, study findings showed that after preventive mastectomy, the chance …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2024

Aerobic Exercise May Reduce Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Patients with Lynch Syndrome

A new research study among individuals with Lynch Syndrome reported that regular and intense aerobic exercise may lower the risk of colorectal cancer by improving the immune system’s ability to detect and remove potentially harmful cells. Specifically, the researchers enrolled 21 patients with Lynch Syndrome either to an 1) exercise group (45 minute cycling classes …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2024

New Guidelines Released Through ASCO-Society of Oncology; Germline Testing in Patients with Breast Center

In January 2024, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in conjunction with the Society of Surgical Oncology released new guidelines for germline testing in patients with breast cancer, which include the following:  For a full list of recommendations in this guideline, the article is available at: https://ascopubs.org/doi/10.1200/JCO.23.02225 Bedrosian, et al. J Clin Oncol. 2024;42(5):584-604. PMID:38175972. Social …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2024

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guideline Updates

Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic Cancer – Released February 12th, 2024 (V3.2024) Check out the full guidelines by creating a FREE account at www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/pdf/genetics_bop.pdf Contralateral breast cancer risks in these updated guidelines: Expanded guidance about gynecologic cancers in BRCA1/2 carriers: Some highlights related to HRT include: Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Colorectal Cancer – Released …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2024

 Risk Management Strategies for Women with BRCA1/2

  

Two new research studies that 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗜𝗖𝗔𝗥𝗘 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 showed that risk of death is lowered among BRCA1/2 carriers with 1) MRI screening for breast cancer and 2) removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes. 💡 In the first study, MRI screening greatly lowered the risk of death from breast cancer (hazard ratio of 0.23) with …

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2024

Risk-reducing mastectomy and breast cancer mortality in women with BRCA1/BRCA2

 

🔬 Exciting news! A recent study, which included ICARE participants, suggests the life-saving potential of preventive mastectomy for BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers. 💪 This procedure significantly reduces the risk of developing breast cancer and may even decrease the risk of breast cancer-related mortality. The study found that after preventive mastectomy, the chance of dying from …

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PARP Inhibitor (Olaparib) in men with BRCA mutations and prostate cancer

A recent study found that Olaparib (Lynparza) improved survival outcomes among men with BRCA1/2 mutations and metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, regardless of whether the mutation was germline or somatic. This underscores the potential of targeted therapies in improving outcomes for those with inherited cancer gene mutations. Learn more at: https://ascopubs.org/doi/10.1200/JCO.23.00339 Reference: Mateo, et al. J …

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2024

 Updates to NCCN Guidelines: Genetic/Familial Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic Post #1 

 

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) just released updated Genetic/Familial Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic Cancer guidelines on February 12th, 2024! Updates include adding contralateral breast cancer risks for BRCA1, BRCA2, PALB2, CHEK2, and other genes to the GENE-A (Cancer Risk Management) table 🧬 You can check out the full guidelines by creating a FREE account …

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2024  Updates to NCCN Guidelines: Genetic/Familial Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic Post #2 

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) just released updated Genetic/Familial Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic Cancer guidelines on February 12th, 2024! Updates include expanded guidance about gynecologic cancers in BRCA1 and BRCA2, including:✓ Reproductive considerations✓ Non-surgical and surgical risk reduction✓ Salpingectomy✓ Hysterectomy considerations✓ HRT after risk-reducing removal of the ovaries You can check out the full …

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2024

 Germline EGFR Mutations and Familial Lung Cancer 

   

As featured in our Fall 2023 newsletter, inherited T790M EGFR mutations lead to a higher risk of lung cancer and are more common in the Southeast United States due to a ‘founder effect’. A study, in which our fellow Vanderbilt colleagues contributed, among individuals with this inherited cancer gene mutation found that more than half …

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2024

Hereditary Cancer Genetic Testing Educational Video

 

Want to learn more about genetic testing for inherited cancer? We use patient stories to give information about testing, its possible value to individuals and their family, and ways to access resources to learn more about getting tested. Check out the video here: http://tinyurl.com/genetictestingvideo To get free personalized information about hereditary cancer risk and testing, …

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2023

Colon Adenomas in Lynch Syndrome

New research reveals that individuals under the age of 50 with Lynch Syndrome often develop small, flat adenomas, particularly in the right (proximal) colon. This finding emphasizes the importance of rigorous screening, with a special focus on the proximal colon, among these young Lynch Syndrome patients 🩺🔍 Learn more at: https://www.dldjournalonline.com/article/S1590-8658(23)00946-5/fulltext Reference: Alric, et al. …

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2023

New ASCO Germline Testing in Patients With Breast Cancer Guidelines

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) just released new guidelines for germline testing in patients with breast cancer, which include the following:🧬 BRCA1/2 testing should be offered to ALL patients diagnosed with breast cancer at or below age 65🧬 Testing for other hereditary cancer genes should also be offered based on personal and family …

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2023

BRCA/Prostate Cancer/Treatment

A recent study suggests that Platinum Chemotherapy is as effective as PARP inhibitors for individuals with BRCA-positive metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. The study sheds light on treatment options for advanced prostate cancer patients 🩺✨ Learn more at: http://tinyurl.com/3vs2mk8f Reference: Fazekas, et al. Eur Urol Oncol. 2023: S2588-9311(23)00174-8. PMID: 37722977.

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2023

BRCA1/2 carriers with Risk Reducing Salpingo-oophorectomy

A study among BRCA1/2 carriers who underwent a risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (i.e., removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes) found that the risk of peritoneal cancer increases if serous tubal intraepithelial carcinoma (STIC) is present – specifically, peritoneal cancer risk was 10.5% with STIC versus 0.3% without STIC at 5 years and 27.5% with STIC versus …

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2023

BRCA1/2: removing both ovaries and tubes to lower risks

A recent study among nearly 500 BRCA1/2 carriers who underwent breast cancer surgery found that survival was higher in those who chose preventive removal of their ovaries and fallopian tubes (in order to reduce cancer risks) compared to those who did not, particularly in BRCA1 carriers. Learn more at: https://tinyurl.com/5hdx6ytv Reference: Martelli, et al. JAMA …

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2023

Tamoxifen and Breast Cancer Risk in BRCA Mutations

In a recent study among female BRCA1/2 carriers, including ICARE participants, researchers explored the impact of using tamoxifen and/or raloxifene on breast cancer risk. 👩‍🔬 After almost 7 years of follow-up, only 10.9% of those in the tamoxifen/raloxifene group were diagnosed with breast cancer, compared to 14.3% of those in the non-user group. These findings …

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2023

Aerobic Exercise May Be Effective At Reducing Risk Of Colorectal Cancer In Patients With Lynch Syndrome

New research suggests regular, intense aerobic exercise may lower colorectal cancer risk in Lynch Syndrome patients 🏃‍♂️🧬 Learn more at: https://tinyurl.com/2s44828h Reference: Deng, et al. Clin Cancer Res. 2023; 29(21): 4361-4372. PMID: 37724990.

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2023

Inherited Genes Associated With Aggressive Types Of Prostate Cancer

A new study found that inherited BRCA2, ATM, and NBN genes were most strongly associated with aggressive or metastatic prostate cancer. Learn more at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/article-abstract/2809874 Reference: Darst, et al. JAMA Oncol. 2023. PMID: 37733366.

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2023

Piloting a Spanish-Language Web-Based Tool for Hereditary Cancer Genetic Testing

Language barriers should never prevent people from accessing essential information in the field of healthcare. To fill the gap caused by the lack of Spanish-speaking genetic counselors, our team developed a web-based genetic education tool 🧬 A study among 41 Spanish-speaking found that viewing the tool significantly increased knowledge and feeling informed and empowered to …

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2023

Piloting a Spanish-Language Web-Based Tool for Hereditary Cancer Genetic Testing

Las barreras del idioma nunca deberían impedir que las personas accedan a información esencial en el campo de la atención de salud. Para llenar el vacío causado por la falta de asesores genéticos que hablan español, nuestro equipo desarrolló una herramienta de educación genética basada en la web. Un estudio entre 41 hispanohablantes encontró que …

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2023

Pancreatic Acinar Cell Carcinoma

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2023

Triple-negative breast cancers across populations

Triple-negative breast cancers, which do not have estrogen, progesterone, or HER2 receptors, can be more serious and difficult to treat. Inherited breast cancer gene mutations, like BRCA1/2, are more common among this type of breast cancer – which is why it is important for those with triple-negative breast cancer to consider getting genetic testing that …

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2023

BRCA1/2 Carriers with Risk-Reducing Salpingo-Oophorectomy: Cancer Worry?

A study found that the majority of BRCA1/2 carriers who underwent risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy have declining cancer worry. However, a subset had concerns – these individuals are important to identify and try to offer additional support to. Use the following link to learn more: https://bit.ly/3qflyig Reference: van Bommel, et al. Support Care Cancer. 2022;30(4):3409-3418. PMID: 34997316.

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2023

Navigating BRCA1/2 Choices

A recent randomized controlled trial among 107 BRCA1/2 carriers, which included ICARE participants, evaluated the effectiveness of a behavioral phone intervention delivered by genetic counselors on the uptake of risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy. Women who received the intervention had significantly lower decisional conflict and higher knowledge after one year, and at the two year mark, nearly 54% …

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2023

BRCA2 & Melanoma Risk

Are BRCA2 carriers at higher risk for developing melanoma? As featured in our Fall 2023 newsletter, at present, we are not sure because results from different studies have been inconsistent. For instance, one study among 173 families with a BRCA2 mutation found a 2.6-fold risk of developing melanoma; however, another study of 139 Dutch families …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2023

Community Spotlight

My paternal grandparents were my heroes. Wise beyond their time, they relished teaching our familythat knowledge is power, health is everything, and love is unconditional. Back then, Prevention healthmagazine and vitamin supplements filled their mailbox and 1960’s exercise guru Jack LaLane, and health foodadvocate Euell Gibbons, beckoned new followers from a talking picture box in …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2023

Ask the Expert

This question was addressed by Kelly Taylor, MS, LCGC, a licensed and certified genetic counselor with expertise inresearch genetics and hereditary cancers at the Vanderbilt Hereditary Cancer Clinic. If you have a question you wouldlike addressed, please email the ICARE team at ICARE@vumc.org for consideration in future newsletters. Q: I have Lynch Syndrome and an …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2023

BRCA-associated Prostate Cancers

On April 28th, 2023, the FDA approved olaparib plus abiraterone acetate for first line treatment for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, but only in patients whose tumors have BRCA mutations. Although a broad indication for the combination therapy was desired, concerns about the trial design were raised, and the phase III results did not explicitly show …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2023

Healthcare Delivery

A recent study, based on ICARE participants, found that getting care according to guidelines depends on what the healthcare provider recommends, as well as how much trust the patient has in their care. This study shows us how important it is to find ways to improve knowledge among healthcare providers and trust in care among …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2023

Germline EGFR Mutations and Familial Lung Cancer

A study, in which our Vanderbilt colleagues Georgia Wiesner, MD, MS (geneticist) and Kelly Taylor, MS, LCGC (genetic counselor) participated, was recently published about the inherited T790M EGFR mutation. Mutations in this gene lead to a higher risk or lung cancer and were found to be more common in the Southeast United States where there …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2023

Genes Associated with Aggressive Prostate Cancer

A new study of almost 18,000 men with prostate cancer showed that inherited mutations in the BRCA2, ATM, and NBN genes were strongly associated with aggressive prostate cancer. Less strong associations were seen for inherited mutations in the MSH2, XRCC2, and MRE11A genes. The findings of this study suggest that knowing about inherited genes that …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2023

Are BRCA2 Carriers at Higher Risk for Melanoma?

At present, we are not sure because results from different studies have been inconsistent (1). For instance, one study among 173 families with a BRCA2 mutation found a 2.6-fold risk of developing melanoma (2); however, another study of 139 Dutch families with a BRCA2 mutation revealed a lower than general population risk for melanoma (3). …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2023

Fertility Treatment in BRCA Carriers: Breast Cancer Risk

A recent study among female BRCA carriers showed risk of breast cancer was not significantly raised through fertility treatment, which is reassuring. There remains a need to further study this question in more detail, for associations with breast cancers across different breast cancer subtypes, including breast cancers that are hormone-related and breast cancers that are …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2023

Newly released ACMG Clinical Practice Resource on CHEK2 Developed Through a Group of Worldwide Experts!

A person with a pathogenic variant in the CHEK2 gene may be at an increased risk for developing breast and other cancers. This ACMG Clinical Practice Resource, published in ACMG’s flagship journal, Genetics in Medicine, provides valuable information for healthcare providers caring for individuals with pathogenic variants in the CHEK2gene. This new ACMG Practice Resource …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2023

Tamoxifen and Breast Cancer Risk in Women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 Mutation

In a study of female BRCA carriers, including ICARE participants, those that used tamoxifen and/or raloxifenewere compared to those that did not. After an average follow-up time of almost 7 years, 10.9% of those in the tamoxifen/raloxifene group were diagnosed with breast cancer, compared to 14.3% in the group that did not use thesedrugs. This …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2023

BRCA1 and BRCA2 Carriers: Cancer Risks with Oral Contraceptive Use (UK)

Among female BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers, a recent study found that oral contraceptive use is associated with:› Raised risk of breast cancer, but only in those using for over 5 years (relative risk: 1.25)› Lower risk of ovarian cancer (nearly cut in half) Park, et al. Carcinogenesis. 2022;43(3):231-242. PMID:

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2023

Recommendations for Inherited Ovarian Cancer Genes: United Kingdom (UK)

Through consensus, management recommendations were developed in the UK for females with pathogenic variants inthe following inherited ovarian cancer genes: RAD51C, RAD51D, BRIP1, and PALB2. Hanson, et al. J Med Genet. 2023;60(5):417-429. PMID: 36411032. Social media post September 26th, 2023.Available at https://tinyurl.com/post9262023.

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2023

Mammograms: New U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Recommendations

On May 9th, 2023, the USPSTF published a new draft recommendation for all cisgender women and those assigned female sex at birth to do mammograms from ages 40 to 74, every two years, for those at average (population) risk forbreast cancer. This change in recommendation is due to recent troubling trends, including an increase in …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2023

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines Updates

Check out the full NCCN guidelines by creating a FREE account at www.nccn.org Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic CancerReleased August 28th, 2023 (V1.2024) › Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Diverse Individuals: NEW section on care (Page 63-66, TNBGD-1 to 4)› Li-Fraumeni Syndrome: Significant updates to content (risks and care) (Pages 57-60, LIFR-A): Table added …

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2023

What Are Established Cancer Genes?

There are many different inherited breast cancer genes, and different genes lead to different levels of breast cancer risk:

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2023

  BRCA1/2 Outcomes: Metastatic Breast Cancer  

According to a recent study, germline BRCA1/2 status did not affect prognosis. However, outcomes differed by immunohistochemistry (IHC) subtype as follows: Use the link in bio to learn more! Reference: Mailliez, et al. Int J Cancer. 2023;152(5):921-931. PMID: 36161271.

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2023

 Updates to NCCN Guidelines: Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic

 

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) just released updated Genetic/Familial Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic Cancer guidelines on August 28th, 2023, which included: You can check out the full guidelines by creating a FREE account at: https://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/pdf/genetics_bop.pdf

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2023

 FDA Approval Post – Approves Niraparib 

 

A critical step forward in cancer care! The FDA has approved the use of niraparib and abiraterone acetate with prednisone in treating patients with BRCA-mutated castration-resistant prostate cancer. The green light comes backed by the robust efficacy data from the MAGNITUDE trial. Read more about the FDA approval at ⁠https://tinyurl.com/dzdvtm9m Learn more about the MAGNITUDE …

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2023

Cancer Risks: Inherited CDH1 Mutations  

A recent study found that inherited CDH1 mutations: These findings support expansion of lobular breast cancer-centered criteria. Use this link to learn more: http://bit.ly/3DJa7Cs Reference: Garcia-Pelaez, et al. Lancet Oncol. 2023 Jan;24(1):91-106. PMID: 36436516.

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2023

UK Recommendations for: Inherited Ovarian Cancer Genes

Through consensus, management recommendations were developed in the UK for females with pathogenic variants in the following inherited ovarian cancer genes: Learn more at the link in bio! Reference: Hanson H, et al. J Med Genet. 2023;60(5):417-429. PMID: 36411032.

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2023

Fertility Treatment in BRCA Carriers: Breast Cancer Risk

A study found that fertility treatment did not significantly raise the risk of breast cancer, which is reassuring. However, further research is required with regard to: Use the link in bio to learn more! Reference: Liu et al. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2022;13:986477. PMID: 36176466.

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2023

New Article – Cancer Risk Management

A recent study, which 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗜𝗖𝗔𝗥𝗘 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀, found that getting care according to guidelines depends on: Therefore, we need ways to improve knowledge among healthcare providers and trust in care among patients! Use this link to learn more: https://tinyurl.com/n26m4zys Reference: Dean, et al. Genet Med. 2023;100945. PMID: 37515473.

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2023

ACMG Clinical Practice Resource on CHEK2

Check out the newly released ACMG Clinical Practice Resource on CHEK2 developed through a group of worldwide experts! 👇https://tinyurl.com/bp8esxsf Read the ACMG press release at 👇https://tinyurl.com/yvammhzt

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2023

Inherited Cancer Genes in Children: BRCA1/2, PALB2, ATM, CHEK2 , Lynch Genes

Recent study findings suggest that BRCA1/2, PALB2, ATM, CHEK2, and the Lynch Syndrome genes might confer reduced penetrance cancer risk among children. However, there are no adjustments to management or testing recommendations based on the level of risk (i.e., normally do not test children for conditions that primarily increase the risk of cancer in adulthood). …

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2023

BRCA1/2 carriers: Risks with Oral Contraceptives Use

Among female BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers, a recent study found that oral contraceptive use is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, but only among users who have been using them for more than five years, while ovarian cancer risk was nearly cut in half. Use the link in bio to learn more! Reference: …

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2023

CDKN2A Mutations: Pancreatic Cancer Screening over 20 years of follow up

A study among CDKN2A carriers assessing the yield and outcomes of 20 years of pancreatic cancer screening found: These results highlight the potential importance of pancreatic cancer screening among CDKN2A carriers. Currently, NCCN guidelines recommend annual pancreatic cancer screening starting at age 40, regardless of family history. Use the link in bio to learn more! …

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2023

Breast Cancer Risk Model: Predicting Risk over 10-year period

A new study found that mammographic features (density, microcalcifications, masses, and left-right breast asymmetries) predicted risks better than traditional lifestyle/familial risk-based risk models over a 10-year period. ⁠Use this link to learn more: https://bit.ly/443GDLd Reference: Eriksson et al. J Clin Oncol. 2023;JCO2201564. PMID: 36930854.

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2023

Li-Fraumeni Syndrome/TP53 mutations

A recent study found that, regardless of a prior cancer diagnosis, there was no increased cancer worry after 1 year of full-body MRI surveillance in TP53 carriers. Further research is needed to evaluate these issues further. Use the link in bio to read the full article! Reference: Omran, et al. Cancer. 2023;129(6):946-955. PMID: 36601958.

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2023

Should Black women be screened earlier?

A recent study found that Black women had the highest rate of breast cancer deaths in their 40s, compared to White women and women of other races and ethnicities. ⁠Use this link to learn more: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2803948?utm_source=For_The_Media&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ftm_links&utm_term=041923 Reference: Chen T, et al. JAMA Netw Open. 2023;6(4):e238893. PMID: 37074714.

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2023

FDA Advisory Committee Recommendation: Olaparib for Prostate Cancer Treatment

Olaparib plus abiraterone acetate is recommended as the first line treatment for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, but only in patients whose tumors have BRCA mutations. Although a broad indication for the combination therapy was desired, concerns about the trial design were raised, and the phase III results did not explicitly show that patients without a …

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2023

Lynch Syndrome: Screening for Sebaceous Carcinomas

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2023

Updates to NCCN Guidelines: Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Colorectal Version 1.2023

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) just released updated colorectal cancer guidelines which includes: You can check out the full guidelines by creating a FREE account at: https://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/pdf/genetics_colon.pdf

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2023

Inherited Gene Mutation in Those with Multiple Primary Cancers

Among patients with multiple primary cancers, the proportion with inherited cancer gene mutations increased with the number of primary cancers:• 2 cancers: 13.1%• 3 cancers: 15.9%• 4+ cancers: 18.0% Many of the double primaries, such as those of the breast, ovary, colorectum, and endometrium, occurred in women who would already be eligible for genetic testing. …

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2023

June 4th: National Cancer Survivor’s Day

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day! Learn how you can support cancer survivors by visiting the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) website 👇https://www.aacr.org/patients-caregivers/awareness-months/national-cancer-survivor-month/

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2023

VUS Results: Rates of Reclassification in Inherited Cancer Genes

In a multicenter study evaluating reclassifications of variant of uncertain significance (VUS) results in breast, ovarian, and colorectal cancer susceptibility genes, it was discovered that of 3261 VUS results, 8.1% were reclassified. Of all the reclassified VUS results, 11.3% resulted in clinically actionable findings, and 4.6% led to changes in clinical management. The reclassification rates …

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2023

Cancer Care: Transgender and Gender-Diverse Persons

Did you know that transgender and gender-diverse persons face unique challenges that can influence cancer risk and outcomes? For instance, these individuals face barriers to healthcare access and inequities in treatment, with healthcare providers lacking knowledge about the health needs of this population. Solutions are needed to offer the best care for these individuals. Use …

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2023

Women’s Health Week

In honor of National Women’s Health Week from May 14th to May 20th, we would like to encourage you to speak with your healthcare provider to make sure you are up-to-date on your cancer screenings, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, to help prevent cancer or find it early when it is easier to treat. Spread …

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2023

ATM breast cancer risks: High Risk c.7271T>G mutation

According to a recent study, while there was a reported 2-fold risk for breast cancer overall among ATM carriers, those with the c.7271T>G mutation had the highest risk. Use the link to learn more: https://bit.ly/40bKovj Reference: Hall et al. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2021;14(4):433-440. PMID: 33509806.

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2023

USPSTF New Recommendation: Mammograms Start at Age 40

Yesterday the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published a new draft recommendation for all cisgender women and those assigned female sex at birth to do mammograms from ages 40 to 74, every two years. This change in recommendation is due to recent troubling trends, including an increase in the number of cancers diagnosed …

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2023

Lynch Syndrome: Skin Neoplasms

According to a recent study among individuals with Lynch Syndrome: Use the link in bio to learn more! Reference: Zhong et al. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2023;S0190-9622(23)00173-1. PMID: 36773823.

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2023

PARP Inhibitors for Metastatic Prostate Cancer: Talazoparib

A study that compared a PARP inhibitor (talazoparib) to the standard of care (an androgen receptor inhibitor) in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer found that it improved progression-free survival regardless of BRCA mutation status. However, the benefit was greatest in males with a BRCA or other DNA repair gene mutation. Read the full article at this …

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2023

Cancer Risks in Older Females with a BRCA Mutation

A recent study among over 2200 females (aged 50-75) with BRCA mutations, including ICARE participants, found 379 diagnosed cancers with breast and ovarian cancer being the most common cancers observed. Overall cancer risks were 49% in BRCA1 carriers and 43% in BRCA2 carriers, and cancer risks dropped to 9% among those who had preventative removal …

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2023

Prostate Cancer in Black Men: New Genetic Variants to Explain Higher Risks

Researchers identified 9 new genetic variants that may increase the risk of developing prostate cancer. This study highlights the importance of studying diverse populations. Read the full article at this link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0302283823025617 ⁠Reference:Chen et al. Eur Urol. 2023;S0302-2838(23)02561-7. PMID: 36872133.

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2023

New study for BRCA1, BRCA2 , or PALB2 carriers with stage 1-3 breast cancer

An open study for BRCA1, BRCA2, or PALB2 carriers with stage 1-3 breast cancer is currently recruiting! Learn more about the study by visiting https://vanderbilt.trialstoday.org/trial/NCT04584255

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2023

PARP Inhibitors for Metastatic Prostate Cancer: Niraparib

A study that evaluated a PARP inhibitor (niraparib) in males with metastatic prostate cancer found that those with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation lived longer on average than those who did not have a BRCA mutation. Read the full article at the link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35131040/⁠Reference:Smith et al. Lancet Oncol. 2022;23(3):362-373. PMID: 35131040.

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2023

Applying the Framework for Interventions to Increase Family Communication

A new study 𝗯𝘆 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 used the Framework for Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions (FDECI) to evaluate an intervention to improve family communication of positive genetic test results for inherited cancer. The first FDECI phases were beneficial for improving the intervention and planning for continual effectiveness and future implementation phases. Use the link in …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2023

Community Spotlight

In 1997 when I was a junior in college, my mom called to let me know that my father had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Luckily for him, Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing had recently started which resulted in early detection and subsequent prostatectomy. Due to his diagnosis and knowing prostate cancer is an inherited …

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Ask the Expert

The below question was addressed by Ben Ho Park, MD, PhD, who is the Director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. If you have a question you would like addressed, please email the ICARE team at ICARE@vumc.org for consideration in future newsletters. Q: As …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2023

Prostate Cancer Treatment Updates

A study to test niraparib (a PARP inhibitor) in males with metastatic prostate cancer showed that those with an inherited BRCA1 or BRCA2 (BRCA) mutation lived longer on average compared to those without a BRCA mutation. Side effects from niraparib were similar to those previously reported with PARP inhibitors.1 Another PARP inhibitor trial tested an …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2023
Breast Cancer Treatment Updates

Findings from a Phase II study to evaluate the use of talazoparib (a PARP inhibitor) in individuals with advanced PALB2-mutation breast cancer showed that it appeared effective in certain patients and appeared safe (with similar adverse events as those previously reported with this drug).1 There are several Phase II trials to evaluate PARP inhibitors in …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2023
Breast Cancer Screening in Male BRCA1/2 Carriers

Generally, males with breast cancer present with advanced stage disease, thought to be due to a lack of screening. While data to determine performance of breast screening through mammograms for males at inherited risk is limited, recent studies suggest that the detection rate is similar or better than for females at general population risk.1,2,3 In …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2023
Lynch Syndrome: Colorectal Cancer Risks Revisited

While there are higher cancer risks in BRCA mutation carriers starting in the mid-20s, a recent study focused on studying cancer risks in older females aged 50-75. Of the over 2000 females in the study, which included ICARE participants, 379 cancers were found between age 50 to 75 with risks of 49% in BRCA1 carriers …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2023

Lynch Syndrome: Colorectal Cancer Risks Revisited

A study of 381 individuals with Lynch Syndrome in New Zealand (98 with Lynch Syndrome-associated variants in MLH1, 159 in MSH2, 103 in MSH6, and 21 in PMS2) found that risks for colorectal cancer were lower in MSH6 and PMS2 carriers, suggesting that it might be possible to spread out colonoscopy intervals for these individuals.1 …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2023

Inherited Breast Cancer: Contralateral Breast Cancer Risks

While higher risks for contralateral breast cancer (CBC) have been known for BRCA1 and BRCA2, a newly published study demonstrated that the risk of CBC is also higher for female PALB2 and CHEK2 carriers; however, no elevated risks were found for ATM carriers (Table 1).1 This information is important to study, as it may be …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2023

Melanoma Risk in Li-Fraumeni Syndrome

A recently published cohort study of 483 individuals with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS) identified 113 skin cancers. The cumulative incidence of a diagnosis of any skin cancer was 36.3% by the age of 70. Specifically for melanoma, the median age at diagnosis was 42 with a 7-fold increased incidence (SIR 7.28, 95% CI 4.50-11.13) compared with …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2023

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines Updates

Check out the full NCCN guidelines by creating a FREE account at www.nccn.org Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian, PancreaticJanuary 10th, 2023 (Version 2.2023) focused on male BRCA carriers:› Consider annual mammograms (particularly in BRCA2 carriers) starting at age 50 or 10 years before the earliest male breast cancer in the family (whichever comes first)February 13th, …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2023

Treatment for PALB2-associated breast cancer with Talazoparib

According to a recent Phase II study, Talazoparib may benefit patients with PALB2-associated breast cancer. Findings showed that Talazoparib appeared effective and safe in certain patients with advanced disease. Read the full article at this link: https://www.nature.com/articles/s43018-022-00439-1 Reference: Gruber et al. Nat Cancer. 2022;3(10):1181-1191. PMID: 36253484.

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2023

New Model: To identify those at high risk for Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

Did you know endometrial cancer is the 4th most common cancer among females? Currently, clinical practice guidelines do not recommend endometrial cancer screening in the general population. A new risk prediction model was recently developed to identify those at high risk for endometrial (uterine) cancer to determine who could benefit from cancer screenings and risk-reducing …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2023

Inherited Cancer Testing: Pheochromocytoma & Paraganglioma

Because of the high frequency of mutations found in individuals with pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma, these individuals are advised to consider genetic testing for inherited cancer.Use this link to learn more: ⁠https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35976622/ Reference: Yip, et al. JAMA Surg. 2022;157 (10):870-877. PMID: 35976622

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2023

Metachronous Colorectal Cancer in Lynch Syndrome

Findings from a recent study: Risk factors for metachronous colorectal cancer included a history of colorectal polyps and having an MLH1 or MSH2 mutation, while protective factors included female sex and extended surgical resection. This highlights the importance of genetic testing and counseling for Lynch syndrome prior to surgery, which can influence surgical strategy and …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2023

Colorectal Cancer Risks: Lynch Syndrome

A study on colorectal cancer risks in Lynch Syndrome patients found that:• Colorectal cancer risks were lower in MSH6 and PMS2 carriers• Colonoscopy intervals for these individuals could be longer• Incomplete polyp removal may be responsible for 1/3 of surveillance-detected colorectal cancers Read the full article with the link in bio! Reference: Lamba, et al. …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2023

New gene alert: MBD4

A new study shows germline MBD4 mutations cause an autosomal recessive tumor predisposing syndrome associated with: This highlights the importance of including MBD4 in genetic testing for polyposis and multi-tumor phenotypes to improve disease management. Use the link in bio to learn more! Reference: Palles, et al. Am J Hum Genet. 2022;109(5):953-960. PMID: 35460607.

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2023

BGREAT December 2022 Newsletter

Check out the latest edition of our B-GREAT newsletter for updates about inherited cancers in the context of racial inequalities in healthcare. You can read the newsletter by visiting 👇https://bgreatinitiative.inheritedcancer.net/wp-content/uploads/BGREAT-December-2022-Newsletter.pdf Please feel free to share with family members, friends, and/or your healthcare providers.

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2023

Melanoma in TP53 /Li-Fraumeni Syndrome

A new study found a 7-fold increased incidence of melanoma in individuals with TP53/Li-Fraumeni Syndrome compared with the general population:• Average age was 42• Risk to age 40 was 2.8%• Risk to age 60 was 7.8%• Risk to age 70 was 14.9% Learn more at the link below!https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35183552/ Reference: Hatton, et al. J Invest Dermatol. …

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2023

Why is learning about inherited cancer important to guide care?

Why have genetic testing? Genetic testing for inherited cancer can help guide care, including:• Cancer treatment plans, such as chemotherapy, drugs, surgery, and radiation• Cancer screening and prevention Sharing genetic test results can also help family members understand their cancer risks.⁠

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2023

ATM Gene and Breast Cancer Risk for: c.7570G>C Mutation

While ATM mutations are generally associated with a 25-30% lifetime risk for breast cancer, emerging information suggests that the risk in those with a c.7570G>C mutation may be higher. Once confirmed, this information may be important to guide cancer screening and risk-reducing surgery decisions. Use this link to learn more: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ijc.34305

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2022 

 Reducing Hereditary Cancer Act of 2021 

On February 16th, 2022, the Reducing Hereditary Cancer Act (S.3656) was introduced to the U.S. Senate with the goal of ensuring Medicare beneficiaries have coverage for potentially life-saving inherited cancer genetic counseling and testing as well as recommended screening and risk-reducing procedures, when medically necessary and appropriate. Currently, Medicare only covers genetic testing for beneficiaries …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2022 

 Community Spotlight 

Genetic testing sounded like a futuristic concept when it originally came to our attention. It sounded something to the likes of cloning. We didn’t really understand what it was and why it was important, but rather thought it sounded like something out of science fiction. Thankfully, our medical providers and genetic counselors stuck with us …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2022 

 Ask the Expert 

The below question was addressed by ICARE Founder, Dr. Tuya Pal, and her oncology colleague, Dr. Sonya Reid. Dr. Pal is a Professor of Genetic Medicine, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, and the Associate Director for Cancer Health Disparities at VanderbiltIngram Cancer Center. Dr. Reid is an Assistant Professor of Hematology/Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2022 

 Inherited Cancer Treatment Updates

Lynch Syndrome Carriers with Advanced Uterine Cancer: Treatment with PembrolizumabWomen with Lynch Syndrome are at high risk for uterine cancer. The type of uterine cancer they develop has the tumorcharacteristic of being ‘MSI-H’. A new study indicated treatment with pembrolizumab (Keytruda) resulted in benefit inpatients with MSI-H advanced uterine cancer. Von Hippel-Lindau Patients: Treatment of …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2022 

  BRCA1/2 Oral Contraceptives and Breast Cancer

A new study found that among BRCA1/2 carriers, oral contraceptive use strongly lowered cancer risk over one’s lifetime, even though at first, they raise risks of breast, ovarian, and endometrial cancer.Schrijver et al. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 Jan. PMID: 35048954. Social media post February 15th, 2022. Available at:https://tinyurl.com/post21522.

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2022 

  BRCA1/2 and Male Cancer Risks 

A recent international study found that male BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers have a higher risk for breast, pancreatic, and stomach cancer. Additionally, male BRCA2 carriers were found to have higher risks for prostate cancer. See the below table for the specific risk levels: Li et al. J Clin Oncol. 2022 Jan. PMID: 35077220. Social media …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2022 

 Lynch Syndrome and Prostate Cancer  

A new study suggests men with certain MSH2 and MSH6 mutations have higher risks of prostate cancer and may be candidates for PSA screening. Bancroft et al. Lancet Oncol. 2021 Nov. PMID: 34678156. Social media postDecember 17th, 2021. Available at: https://tinyurl.com/post121721

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2022 

 Polygenic Risk Scores and Inherited Breast Cancer Genes: BRCA1/2, PALB2, CHEK2, and ATM  

Breast MRIs are advised in women with >20% lifetime risk of breast cancer. A new study showed that breast cancer risks in BRCA1, BRCA2 and PALB2 carriers remained higher than 20%, regardless of whether polygenic risk scores (PRS) were done, suggesting this is of limited help in refining screening. In contrast, PRS downgraded breast cancer …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2022 

 Li-Fraumeni Syndrome and Cancer Risks 

A new study reported on differences in the TP53 mutations between patients who met vs those who did not meet Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS) testing criteria. Several variants were identified multiple times in those who did and did not meet LFS clinical criteria: p.R175, p.G245, p.R248, p.R273, and p.R282. Other variants were exclusively found in those …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2022 

 CDH1 and Stomach Cancer 

A recent study of women with hereditary lobular breast cancer due to CDH1 mutations found high rates ofundetected stomach cancer (with signet ring features). The findings suggested that among CDH1 carriers, there werevery high risks for stomach cancer, even when family history of stomach cancer was absent.Gamble et al. JAMA Surg. 2021 Oct. PMID: 34643667. …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2022 

  ATM and Pancreatic Cancer

A new article reported that pancreatic cancer risks are morethan 6-fold higher in individuals with an ATM mutation.Pancreatic cancer risks by age were:› 1.1% by age 50› 6.3% by age 70› 9.5% by age 80Hsu, et al. JAMA Oncol. 2021 Sep. PMID: 34529012. Social media post October 1st, 2021. Available at: https://tinyurl.com/post100121.

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2022 

 Community Spotlight 

When I was just 8 years old my mother was diagnosed with a very aggressive breast cancer. I didn’t reallyunderstand the concept of cancer at that age, but I knew what was happening was terrible. After manysurgeries and treatments, she passed away 2 years later at the age of 35. There was no hereditary cancertesting …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2022 

 Ask the Expert 

The below question was addressed by Dr. Kamran Idrees, Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery, Associate Professor of Surgery, Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research, and Director of Pancreatic and Gastro Intestinal Surgical Oncology at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Dr. Idrees’ research has focused on colorectal cancer, liver metastases, and pancreatic cancer …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2022 

 ATM -associated Cancer Risks 

Female ATM carriers have approximately a 2-fold risk, on average, for developing breast cancer, which was confirmed through two large studies that reported risks (odds ratio) as 2.10 (95% CI, 1.71–2.57)1 and 1.82 (95% CI, 1.46–2.27). Both studies reported an association with ER+ tumors. Another recent study estimated breast cancer risks to be 13% by …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2022 

 Screening & Treatment Updates: New Modeling Analysis About Breast Cancer Screening in ATM and CHEK2 Carriers 

Using information from twelve prior population-based studies, a modeling analysis was done to look at when to start mammography and breast MRI in females with inherited mutations in genes including ATM and CHEK2. Overall, findings showed that starting annual MRI screening between age 30 to 35 and mammography at age 40 may lower death from …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2022 

 Screening & Treatment Updates: Pancreatic Cancer 

A recent small study suggests that immunotherapy may benefit patients with refractory pancreatic or biliary cancer who have inherited a mutation in the homologous recombination deficiency (HRD) genes, BRCA1, BRCA2, and RAD51C.Another new study reported that in BRCA1/2 carriers with pancreatic cancer, maintenance treatment with Olaparib may be of benefit. Findings showed that with Olaparib, …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2022 

 Which Genes Are Confirmed as ‘Inherited Breast Cancer Genes’? 

There were two large studies published early last year that evaluated which genes raise risks for breast cancer, including breast cancer patients from many centers worldwide, representing the largest available datasets to look at this question. These efforts were led by the worldwide Breast Cancer Association Consortium (BCAC)1 and the United States-based CARRIERS consortium. The …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2022 

 Inherited Cancer Genes: New Associations 

A new study led by colleagues at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, including our clinical geneticist colleague, Dr. Georgia Wiesner, evaluated 23 hereditary cancer genes and found 19 new gene associations including 7 new associations with cancer and 12 new associations with noncancer diseases. The associations with cancer versus other conditions is included in the table. …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2022 

  BRCA1/2 Cancer Risk Updates

During preventive surgery to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes (called a risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy orRRSO), a new study found that the detection of tubal intraepithelial carcinoma predicts the risk of later peritonealcancer.1 These findings show the importance of timely RRSO and the need to do a careful pathology exam of the ovaries and fallopian tubes …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2022 

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines Updates 

Check out the full NCCN guidelines by creating a FREE account at www.nccn.org Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic – Released September 7th, 2022› Testing eligibility based on personal history of any type of breast cancer in females was updated from age ≤45 to ≤50 making more females with breast cancer eligible for testing …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2021 

Resource Spotlight: National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Genetics PDQ 

 

Looking for a place to get the latest curated information about inherited cancers? Look no further… Provide evidence-basedsummaries about inheritedcancer genetics for healthprofessionals and patients Summaries updated basedon monthly review ofpublished literature Written and maintained by amultidisciplinary Editorial Board ofexperts in medical genetics, oncology,and related specialties Visit https://tinyurl.com/NCIPDQ and https://www.cancer.gov/publications/pdq/editorial-boards/genetics for more information

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2021 

Direct-to-Consumer Tests: Not Reliable to Detect BRCA1/2 Mutations 

Researchers reported that single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) tests, which are used by DTC tests such as 23andMe, are not reliable in identifying the majority of BRCA1/2 mutations or other inherited cancer gene mutations. The SNP test used by many DTC ancestry and DNA companies is designed to detect common traits many people share. However, when …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2021 

Reducing Hereditary Cancer Act of 2021  

Under current Medicare guidelines, only those with “signs, symptoms, complaints, or personal histories of disease” meet the criteria for medical services coverage. Thus, genetic testing is only covered for those already diagnosed with cancer, regardless of family history. If someone without cancer has an inherited mutation that increases cancer risk (e.g., BRCA1/2), Medicare may not …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2021 

Community Spotlight

At the age of 51, my first and only colonoscopy revealed 100 polyps in my colon, rectum, and anuseven though I had no symptoms or family history. I was immediately referred to a Certified GeneticCounselor at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawai’i. Germline DNA testing revealed I had attenuatedfamilial adenomatous polyposis (AFAP), due to an …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2021 

Ask the Expert 

 

In each newsletter, we give participants the opportunity to have their questions addressed by experts in thefield. This question was addressed by Kerry Schaffer, MD, medical oncologist at Vanderbilt University MedicalCenter with a focus on urological cancers. Q. Is there enough information to consider using PARP inhibitors to treat inherited forms ofprostate cancer? A. Over …

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Polygenic Risk Scores and Breast Cancer Risks: BRCA1/2, PALB2, CHEK2, ATM , and beyond!

A recent study found use of a polygenic risk score (PRS) modified the estimated riskof breast cancer among both carriers and non-carriers of inherited breast cancerpredisposition genes. Taking PRS into account, more than 95% of BRCA1, BRCA2,and PALB2 carriers had greater than 20% lifetime risks of breast cancer. In contrast,among ATM and CHEK2 carriers without …

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Risk for second breast cancer in premenopausal female BRCA1, BRCA2, PALB2 and CHEK2 carriers

Did you know female BRCA1, BRCA2, CHEK2, or PALB2 carriers have much higher risks for contralateral breast cancer?This information is important to guide cancer screening and risk reduction strategies. Use the link in bio to learn more!

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Newsletter Fall 2021

Inherited Cancer Treatment Updates

Early-stage, high-risk breast cancer in BRCA carriers: Results of the highly awaited phase 3 OlympiA trial showed promising results for EARLY STAGE (i.e., localized Stage 2-3) high-risk breast cancer patients with a BRCA mutation who were treated with a PARP inhibitor (olaparib) in the adjuvant setting (i.e., AFTER surgery).1 Early-stage breast cancer in this trial …

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Newsletter Fall 2021

Modifying Risks in BRCA Carriers

Breast cancer risks: A risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (i.e., removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes) in BRCA carriers was associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer within five years after surgery, with evidence of longer-term risk reduction among those with BRCA1 variants.1 Ovarian cancer risks: A new study reported that the use of oral contraceptives …

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Newsletter Fall 2021

Breast Cancer Risks Remain High in PALB2 & BRCA

A new study found that lifetime breast cancer risk is 15% or more in female BRCA1, BRCA2, and PALB2 carriers over age 65. This level of risk warrants consideration for continuing breast MRI.1 These results are similar to those of a study that included ICARE participants,2 which reported the risk of developing breast cancer remains …

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Newsletter Fall 2021

Prostate Cancer and PALB2

A new Polish study based on two specific founder mutations in PALB2 reported that mutations in this gene may predispose to an aggressive, lethal form of prostate cancer.1 The investigators studied PALB2 prostate cancer risks, characteristics, and outcomes in almost 5,500 men with prostate cancer and compared them to over 8,000 cancer-free adults from Poland. …

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Newsletter Fall 2021

PALB2 : Increasingly Recognized as the Third Most Important Inherited Breast Cancer Gene

In May 2021, a clinical practice resource was released by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) from a global team of cancer genetics specialists (see figure) to help guide the care of PALB2 carriers.1 PALB2 is considered the third most important breast cancer risk gene, after BRCA1 and BRCA2, with PALB2 carriers …

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Newsletter Fall 2021

Updates to NCCN Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment

Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic Guidelines V.1.2022: Released August 11th, 2021 Colorectal Cancer Guidelines V.1.2021: Released May 11th, 2021 Check out the full NCCN guidelines by creating a FREE account at www.nccn.org

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Inherited Breast Cancers Across Populations

Did you know that BRCA1/2 are amongst the most well-studied genes, yet most BRCA1/2 studies have been done in White populations? This means our knowledge about genes and risks comes primarily from White populations. • Some research suggests that BRCA1/2 gene mutations may be more common in young Black women with breast cancer. • Even …

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Updates to NCCN Guidelines: Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) just released updated breast, ovarian, and pancreatic cancer guidelines which included updated breast cancer screening recommendations for male BRCA carriers (particularly male BRCA2 carriers). It is now recommended that male BRCA carriers consider annual mammograms starting at age 50 or 10 years before the earliest male breast cancer in …

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New Contralateral Breast Cancer Risk Prediction Model for BRCA1/2 Carriers

A new risk prediction model was developed to assess the risk of contralateral breast cancer in BRCA1/2 carriers. Risks are higher with:• Younger age at first breast cancer• Close family member with breast and/or ovarian cancer• Mutation located near the 3′ region of the gene Risks are lower with:• Endocrine therapy Use this link in …

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Why is diversity in genomics studies important?

Did you know that about 80% of genomics data comes from European populations, yet they only make up about 16% of the world population? This bias means Europeans stand to benefit the most, while important associations for other ancestry groups may be missed. Not including diverse populations in genomics research can further WIDEN disparities!

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Negative or Uninformative Test Results

A new study demonstrates the importance of retesting patients with previously uninformative cancer genetics evaluations, especially in high risk individuals. Read the full article at this link for more info: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34545504/ 🔗⁠ Reference: Dettwyler et al. Fam Cancer. 2022; DOI: 10.1007/s10689-021-00276-8. PMID: 34545504

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Bilateral Mastectomy in BRCA1/2, PALB2, ATM, & CHEK2 Carriers

A recent study including data from ICARE participants found similar rates of bilateral mastectomy across high (BRCA1, BRCA2, PALB2) and moderate (ATM, CHEK2) penetrance genes. The high rates of bilateral mastectomies seen in those with moderate penetrance genes is concerning for overtreatment. Use the link to learn more: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/fullarticle/2797978?guestAccessKey=fe9a3a20-8623-4feb-a0c5-315ad43a8fcb&utm_source=jps&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=author_alert-jamanetwork&utm_content=author-author_engagement&utm_term=1m Reference: Reid et al. Receipt of …

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Cancer Screen Week

This week is Cancer Screen Week! This week we would like to highlight the importance of screening for inherited cancer to help prevent cancer and find it early. Talk to your healthcare provider today about what screenings are best for you.

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Cancer Risks: CHEK2

A newly published study reports that the type of CHEK2 mutation leads to different cancer risks. Read the full article at this link: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/fullarticle/2796767 Reference: Bychkovsky BL, et al. JAMA Oncol. 2022 Sep 22;e224071. PMID: 36136322.

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Fall 2022 Ask the Expert

In every ICARE newsletter we give our participants the opportunity to have a question addressed by an expert in the field. In the latest edition, Dr. Kamran Idrees, Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery, Associate Professor of Surgery, Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research, and Director of Pancreatic and Gastro-Intestinal Surgical …

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Guidelines for Hereditary Breast Cancer Treatment

The Expert Panel Consensus, chaired by the Society of Surgical Oncology with the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Radiation Oncology, published new recommendations for hereditary breast cancer treatment. Learn more at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32898012/ Reference: Corso & Magnoni. Eur J Cancer Prev. 2021;30(4):311-314. PMID: 32898012.

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ICARE Fall 2022 Newsletter

The ICARE Fall 2022 Newsletter is now available! Check out this latest edition for recent research and clinical updates, a Q&A with Dr. Kamran Idrees from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, and an inspiring community spotlight piece. You can read and download a copy of the newsletter at: https://inheritedcancer.net/newsletters/ Please feel free to share with family members, …

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Tool for Inherited Cancer Predisposition Counseling and Testing Study (TIPS)

Have you already had genetic testing for inherited cancer and want to get more education and information about what your results mean for you? We provide free education about inherited cancer risk through our Tool for Inherited Cancer Predisposition Counseling and Testing Study (TIPS). Visit https://redcap.link/TIPS and complete our survey. Once completed, we provide:• an …

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October 21 – National Mammography Day

National Mammography Day is observed annually on the third Friday of every October. Today acts as reminder to everyone that early detection is the best defense against breast cancer!

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October 13 Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

October 13th is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Today is a day to raise awareness about the importance of furthering cancer research.

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NCCN Familial/Genetic High Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian & Pancreatic Guidelines single post 3

On September 7th, 2022, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) released new breast, ovarian, and pancreatic cancer guidelines. In these new guidelines, genetic testing eligibility based on age at breast cancer diagnosis in females was updated from ≤ 45 to ≤ 50 making more females with breast cancer eligible for testing regardless of family history …

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CanRisk Tool

Have you heard of the CanRisk Tool?The CanRisk Tool provides health care professionals a user-friendly resource to carry out breast and ovarian cancer risk predictions. It is the first freely accessible cancer risk prediction program!Read the full article at the link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33335023/ Reference: Carver et al. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Mar;30(3):469-473. PMID: 33335023.

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NCCN Familial/Genetic High Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian & Pancreatic Guidelines – single post 2

On September 7th, 2022, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) released new breast, ovarian, and pancreatic cancer guidelines. In these new guidelines, the age to start breast MRI screening in female ATM and CHEK2 carriers was updated from age 40 to 30-35 making more females eligible for screening at an earlier age.Check out the new …

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Ovarian Cancer Risks: Weight Gain in BRCA1/2 Carriers

A study found that adult weight gain is a risk factor for ovarian cancer. This highlights the importance for BRCA1/2 carriers to maintain a healthy weight throughout adulthood.⁠Read the full article to learn more! ⁠https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34426412/⁠Reference: Kim et al. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Nov;30(11):2038-2043. PMID: 34426412.

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Breast cancer risks: BRCA1/2 carriers with risk reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO)

Three recent studies found varying results when evaluating breast cancer risk in BRCA1/2 carriers with risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO). Use these links to learn more: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31948486/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33630024/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35216860/

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Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT) in BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers

A recent study showed hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is reasonable to offer to BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers who underwent risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RSSO). Read the full article at this link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32143914/Reference: Mills, et al. Gynecol Oncol; 2020 Jun;157(3):706-710. PMID: 32143914.

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Bilateral Oophorectomy: Breast Cancer Risks in BRCA1 Carriers

A recent study, including ICARE participants, found preventive removal of the ovaries does not reduce breast cancer risk in BRCA1 carriers. These findings highlight that study bias can influence results.Read the full article at this link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35477169/⁠Reference: Kotsopoulos et al. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2022 Jul 1;31(7):1351-1358. PMID: 35477169.

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NCCN Familial/Genetic High Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian & Pancreatic Guidelines – single post 1

On September 7th, 2022, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) released new breast, ovarian, and pancreatic cancer guidelines. In this new version, a table was added at the end of the guidelines to summarize inherited cancer content across 𝗮𝗹𝗹 NCCN guidelines, including live links to the guidelines and sections referenced (see page 54 on the …

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Risk of Ovarian Cancer In BRCA1/2 Carriers: Oral Contraceptives and Implants

A new study suggests oral contraceptives and implants lower risk of ovarian cancer in BRCA1/2 carriers.Read the full article at the link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35063280/Reference: Xia et al. Gynecol Oncol. 2022;164(3):514-521. doi:10.1016/j.ygyno.2022.01.014. PMID: 35063280.

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ATM: Breast Cancer Risks

A recent study found that even though ATM has been clearly identified as a breast cancer risk gene with an estimated risk of 13% up to age 80, variant-specific penetrance estimates are needed to guide risk management plans for those with pathogenic mutations.Read the full article at the link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35365198/Reference: Renault et al. Breast Cancer …

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NCCN Familial/Genetic High Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian & Pancreatic Guidelines

On September 7th, 2022, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) released new breast, ovarian, and pancreatic cancer guidelines.Check out the new guidelines at:https://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/pdf/genetics_bop.pdf

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September ICARE Genetics Case Conference

We are excited to announce that our next ICARE genetics case conference, focused on TERT mutations in myeloid malignancies, will be broadly accessible. We are honored to have Mary Armanios, MD as our guest expert for this conference, in which she will provide a featured presentation and case commentary. We encourage you to join us …

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2022

Nipple sparing mastectomy: BRCA1/2 carriers

According to a recent study, a bilateral prophylactic nipple-sparing mastectomy appears to be at least equally as safe as other types of mastectomy for preventing breast cancer. Read the full article at the link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34342702/Reference: Stanek et al. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2022 Apr;46(2):706-711. PMID: 34342702.

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ATM: Breast Cancer Risks

ATM variants are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, with the ATM V2424G variant causing the highest risks and ATM D1853V, L546V, and S707P variants being the least predictive.Read the full article here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33402103/Reference: Moslemi, et al. BMC Cancer. 2021 Jan 5;21(1):27. PMID: 33402103.

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Ovarian Cancer Risks: Aspirin

A new report found that regular aspirin use was associated with a 13% reduction in ovarian cancer risk. Read the full article at the link: https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.21.01900Reference: Hurwitz et al. J Clin Oncol. 2022. PMID: 35867953.

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Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

 

A new study reports that maintenance treatment with Olaparib may benefit BRCA1/2 carriers with pancreatic cancer. These findings demonstrated:⁠long-term survival was more commontime to subsequent therapy was prolongedRead the full article at the link: https://ascopubs.org/doi/pdf/10.1200/JCO.21.01604⁠Reference: Kindler et al. J Clin Oncol. 2022; JCO2101604. PMID: 35834777.

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Pancreatic Cancer Screening

A recent study found that earlier diagnosis improved survival in people at high risk of pancreatic cancer.High risk was defined based on:family history and/orinherited gene mutation (BRCA1, BRCA2, CDKN2A, Lynch Syndrome genes, PALB2, ATM, and STK11)Read the article at the link: https://ascopost.com/news/june-2022/outcomes-of-pancreas-surveillance-in-the-caps5-study-and-total-caps-cohort/Reference: Dbouk, et al. J Clin Oncol. 2022 Jun 15:JCO2200298. doi: 10.1200/JCO.22.00298. PMID: 35704792.

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ATM: High and Moderate Risks for Multiple Cancers

A recent study found that pathogenic variants in the Ataxia Telangiectasia Mutated (ATM) gene are associated with multiple cancers. Specifically, moderate-to-high risks for pancreatic, prostate, gastric, and invasive ductal breast cancers, and low-to-moderate risks for ductal carcinoma in situ, male breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer, and melanoma.This provides more data to guide risks and …

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Refractory Pancreatic or Biliary Cancer

A recent small study suggests that immunotherapy may be beneficial for patients with refractory pancreatic or biliary cancer who have inherited homologous recombination deficiency (HRD) genes, BRCA1, BRCA2, and RAD51C.Check out the full article to learn more at 👇https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/article-abstract/2791557Reference: Terrero et al. JAMA Oncol. 2022 Apr:e220611. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2022.0611. PMID: 35446342.

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Maternal Malignancies May Be Identified Through Noninvasive Prenatal Test Results

A new study found that results of noninvasive prenatal testing for fetal aneuploidy screening using cell-free DNA derived from maternal plasma raised suspicion of maternal malignancy in a small proportion of pregnant women. However, among those with suspicious findings, the risk of a confirmed malignancy was quite high.Check out the full article athttps://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JCO.21.02260Reference: Heesterbeek et …

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New Variants Linked to Hereditary Cancer

A new study evaluated 23 hereditary cancer genes and found 19 new gene associations, including 7 new associations with cancer and 12 new associations with non-neoplastic diseases. Specifically, the below genes were found to have an increased risk of disease:APC: benign liver/bile duct tumors, gastritis, and duodenitisATM: stomach cancer and pancreatic cancerBRCA1/2: ovarian cystsCHEK2: leukemia …

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2022

BRCA Carriers with Risk-Reducing Salpingo-oophorectomy: Risk of Peritoneal Carcinomatosis

A new study found that among BRCA1/2 carriers, the presence of tubal intraepithelial carcinoma during risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (i.e., preventive surgery to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes) predicts the risk of later peritoneal cancer. These findings demonstrate:the importance of timely risk-reducing removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubesthat it is VERY important to have a …

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Breast Cancer Genes in Women of African Ancestry

A recent study in women of African ancestry confirmed genes previously identified to have associations with breast cancer risk (BRCA1, BRCA2, PALB2, ATM, TP53, NF1, and CHEK2) and provided new evidence of breast cancer risk for RAD51C and RAD51D, which was identified previously in European ancestry populations.Check out the full article at 👇https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35396981/Reference: Díaz-Zabala, et …

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Melanoma Treatment Update

Results from a small study suggest that melanomas in CDKN2A carriers may have better response rates to immunotherapy compared to non-carriers.Read the article to learn more!https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30291219/Reference: Helgadottir et al. J Med Genet. 2020 May;57(5): 316-321. PMID: 30291219.

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CDKN2A and Melanoma

Did you know that CDKN2A mutations are found in 35-43% of families with three or more family members with melanoma?Read the article to learn more!https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33945383/Reference: Pissa et al. Acta Oncol. 2021 Jul;60(7):888-896. PMID: 33945383.

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Spring 2022 Ask the Expert

In every ICARE newsletter we give our participants the opportunity to have a question addressed by an expert in the field. In the latest edition, ICARE Founder, Dr. Tuya Pal, and her oncology colleague, Dr. Sonya Reid, discuss the types of inherited breast cancer and whether having an inherited form of breast cancer affects survival.Check …

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2022

Disparities: PARP Inhibitors & Ovarian Cancer

A recent study found that non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic women are underrepresented in clinical trials evaluating PARP inhibitor use among ovarian cancer patients; therefore, these trials do not accurately represent the ovarian cancer patient population. These findings indicate initiatives to increase diversity in clinical trials are needed. Read the full article for more information 👇https://www.gynecologiconcology-online.net/article/S0090-8258(22)00071-3/fulltext#secst0030Reference: …

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BRCA1/2 Carriers with Breast Cancer: Olaparib & Survival

A new study found that adjuvant olaparib significantly extended survival in BRCA1/2 carriers with HER2-negative high-risk early-stage breast cancer. Learn more at the following link: https://www.healio.com/news/hematology-oncology/20220323/adjuvant-olaparib-prolongs-survival-for-certain-patients-with-early-breast-cancer

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Metastatic Prostate Cancer & Olaparib

Read the full article for more information!https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(22)00017-1/fulltextReference: Thiery-Vuillemin, et al. Lancet Oncol. 2022 Mar;23(3):393-405. PMID: 35157830.

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Detection of Early-Stage Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma from Blood Samples

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2022

Breast Cancer Mortality & MRI Screening: ATM, CHEK2, and PALB2

A new study suggests that annual breast MRI screening may reduce deaths from breast cancer by half in women with ATM, CHEK2 and PALB2 gene mutations. The data suggests starting with annual breast MRIs between the ages of 30 to 35, and adding annual mammograms starting at age 40. Read the full article to learn …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2022

BRCA1/2: Asian Breast Cancer Patients

A new study highlights the importance of customizing mutation carrier prediction models in order to improve the accuracy of predicting the likelihood of carrying a BRCA mutation in Asian breast cancer patients.Read the article for more info!https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.21.01647?cid=DM9826&bid=143994923Reference: Hong Ang et al. J Clin Oncol. 2022 Feb 10;JCO2101647. PMID: 35143328.

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2022

Breast Cancer: Leading Cause Of Cancer-Associated Death Among Black Women

Did you know breast cancer surpassed lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer death among Black women in the United States? Although Black women are at a lower risk for developing breast cancer, they are 41% more likely to die of breast cancer compared with White women.Future research is needed to reverse course, through …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2022

FDA Approves Olaparib for Adjuvant Treatment of High-risk Early Breast Cancer

On March 11th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved olaparib (Lynparza) for the adjuvant treatment of BRCA1/2 carriers with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative, high-risk early breast cancer who have been treated with neoadjuvant or adjuvant chemotherapy.Learn more at 👇https://www.fda.gov/drugs/resources-information-approved-drugs/fda-approves-olaparib-adjuvant-treatment-high-risk-early-breast-cancer

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2022

Komen Blog Post: Dr. Pal Interview

Komen Scholar, ICARE Founder and Clinical Geneticist, Dr. Tuya Pal, was recently interviewed for the Komen Blog. In the interview, Dr. Pal discusses the importance of making genetic counseling and testing more accessible in order to help populations who are at high risk for inherited cancer make more informed decisions about their medical care.Read the …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2022

Lynch Syndrome: Uterine Cancer Treatment

 

A new study indicated treatment with pembrolizumab (Ketruda) resulted in benefit in patients with MSI-H advanced uterine cancer. Read the full article to learn more!https://ascopubs.org/doi/10.1200/JCO.21.01874Reference: O’Malley et al. J Clin Oncol. 2022 Jan 6;JCO2101874. PMID: 34990208.

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2022

Use of Germline BRCA Testing in Patients With Ovarian Cancer and Commercial Insurance

A recent study found that only about 33% of women with ovarian cancer undergo germline BRCA1/2 testing, despite universal recommendations for such patients to have germline genetic testing. Check out the article for more information!https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2787937?resultClick=3Reference: Cham et al. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Jan 4;5(1):e2142703. PMID: 35015069.

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Genetic Testing & Mortality Among Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer

A recent study found there were BETTER short-term outcomes among women with:• triple-negative breast cancer and BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations• ovarian cancer and BRCA2, BRIP1, RAD51C, or ATM mutationsThese findings may be reassuring to individuals with inherited gene mutations related to breast and ovarian cancer. Read the article to learn more!https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34373918/Reference: Kurian et al. J …

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2022

BRCA1/2 Cancer Risks: Oral Contraceptives

A new study found that among BRCA1/2 carriers oral contraceptive use strongly decreases lifetime cancer risk, despite an 𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 increase in breast, ovarian, and endometrial cancer risk. Read the full article to learn more!https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35048954/Reference: Schrijver et al. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 Jan 20;djac004. PMID: 35048954

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2022

Polygenic Risk Scores: BRCA1, BRCA2, PALB2, CHEK2 & ATM

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2022

Breast Cancer Characteristics Across Genes

 

A new study demonstrated that breast cancer pathology and other clinical features differ by inherited breast cancer gene. Read the full article to learn more!https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/fullarticle/2788577Reference: Breast Cancer Association Consortium. JAMA Oncol. 2022 Jan 27. PMID: 35084436

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2022

Male Cancer Risks: BRCA1 & BRCA2

A new study found that male BRCA1/2 carriers have a higher risk for breast, pancreatic, and stomach cancer. Additionally, male BRCA2 carriers were found to have higher risks for prostate cancer. Read the full Journal of Clinical Oncology article to learn more!https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JCO.21.02112Reference: Li et al. J Clin Oncol. 2022 Jan 25;JCO2102112. PMID: 35077220.

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2022

Overview of genetic services delivery for hereditary breast cancer

A recent article by Drs. Sonya Reid, Tuya Pal, and Lucy Spalluto, and Katie Lang, MS, CGC and Anne Weidner, MPH of the ICARE team, has just been published with @SpringerNature in 𝘉𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵. This article outlines the importance of genetic services and follow-up care for hereditary breast cancer, as well as …

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2022

BRCA Breast Cancer Risks After Age 60

A study that included ICARE participants reported the risk of developing breast cancer remains high after age 60 in both BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers. Read the article to learn more!https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33423179/Reference: Stjepanovic et al. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2021 Jun;187(2):515-523. PMID: 33423179

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2022

Belzutifan in Von Hippel-Lindau Disease Patients

Belzutifan demonstrated clinical efficacy in patients with renal cell carcinoma who have Von Hippel-Lindau Disease. Learn more by reading the full The New England Journal of Medicine article at 👇https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2103425Reference: Jonasch, et al. N Engl J Med. 2021 Nov 25;385(22):2036-2046. PMID: 34818478.

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2022

Dr. Pal’s GIM Editorial

 

Estimating Polygenetic Risk Scores in non-Europeans through extrapolating from data in European descent populations is not accurate! Diversity in genomic studies is critically needed for both equity and scientific discovery. For more information, read the Genetics in Medicine editorial by ICARE Founder, Dr. Tuya Pal, here 👇https://www.gimjournal.org/article/S1098-3600(21)05396-X/fulltextReference: Pal. Genet Med. 2021 Nov 20;S1098-3600(21)05396-X. PMID: 34906472.

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2022

Gastric Cancer Risks: CDH1

Read the 𝘑𝘈𝘔𝘈 𝘚𝘶𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘺 article to learn morehttps://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/article-abstract/2785097Reference: Gamble et al. JAMA Surg. 2021 Oct 13;e215118. PMID: 34643667.

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2022

Ovarian Cancer: BRCA1/2 Maintenance Olaparib

Read the full article for more details 👇https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(21)00531-3/fulltextReference: Banerjee et al. Lancet Oncol. 2021 Dec;22(12):1721-1731. PMID: 34715071.

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2021

Fall 2021 Community Spotlight

In every ICARE newsletter we feature a 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘀𝗽𝗼𝘁𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 to share their experience with inherited cancer. In the latest edition, Dan Dry Dock Shockley, shares his experience with attenuated familial adenomatous polyposis (AFAP). Check out his full story at 👇https://inheritedcancer.net/community-spotlight/

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2021

Fall 2021 Ask the Expert

In every ICARE newsletter we give our participants the opportunity to have a question addressed by an expert in the field. In the latest edition, Dr. Kerry Schaffer discusses the use of PARP inhibitors to treat inherited forms of prostate cancer.Check out Dr. Schaffer’s full response at 👇https://inheritedcancer.net/newsletters/

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2021

Breast Cancer Risk Prediction Model for Black Women

 

A new breast cancer model has been developed and validated for breast cancer risk prediction, specifically for Black women in the United States. This is in contrast to prior models, which were developed in White women, and used in Black women (which UNDERPREDICTED risks). This is a notable advance as we strive towards health equity …

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2021

Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Cancer Risks

• Several variants were identified multiple times in those who did and did not meet Li-Fraumeni Syndrome clinical criteria: p.R175, p.G245, p.R248, p.R273, and p.R282• Other variants were exclusively found in those in the Li-Fraumeni Syndrome group: p.M133T, p.P152L, p.C275Y, p.C275, p.R337C, p.R342, and p.R342P• One variant was exclusively found in patients with attenuated Li-Fraumeni …

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2021

Prostate Cancer Screening: MSH2 & MSH6

A new study suggests men with MSH2 and MSH6 mutations have a higher incidence of prostate cancer, and may be candidates for PSA screening. Read the full article to learn more 👇 https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(21)00522-2/fulltext Reference: Bancroft et al. Lancet Oncol. 2021 Nov;22(11):1618-1631. PMID: 34678156.

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2021

FDA Approves Belzutifan for Cancers Associated With von Hippel-Lindau Disease

On August 13th, the FDA approved the use of belzutifan (Welireg) for adult patients with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease who require therapy for associated renal cell carcinoma, central nervous system hemangioblastomas, or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors not requiring immediate surgery. For more information, check out The ASCO Post article at 👇https://ascopost.com/news/august-2021/fda-approves-belzutifan-for-cancers-associated-with-von-hippel-lindau-disease/?utm_source=TAP-EN-081321&utm_medium=email&utm_term=49cf1c97d48c2cf8231827e3bcb15769

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2021

FDA Approves PARP Inhibitor (Olaparib) Treatment for some BRCA carriers with Early Stage Breast Cancer

FDA granted priority review to Olaparib for adjuvant treatment of certain patients with high-risk breast cancer. This designation applies to use of the agent by patients with BRCA-mutated, HER2-negative, high-risk early breast cancer who receive chemotherapy before or after surgery. For additional information, visit: https://tinyurl.com/healioFDAapproval

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2021

The Impact of Subtype and Race on Breast Cancer Survival

A recent article 𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗗𝗿𝘀. 𝗦𝗼𝗻𝘆𝗮 𝗥𝗲𝗶𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝘂𝘆𝗮 𝗣𝗮𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗜𝗖𝗔𝗥𝗘 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺, published in 𝘉𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵, outlines the impact of race and molecular subtype on HR+, HER2- breast cancer survival. Check out the full article at https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s10549-021-06342-0.pdf Reference: Reid et al. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2021 Oct;189(3):845-852. PMID: 34331630.

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2021

Variation in Colorectal Cancer Risk in Families With Lynch Syndrome

For more information, read the Lancet Oncology article led by The International Mismatch Repair Consortium at the below link 👇https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(21)00189-3/fulltext Reference: International Mismatch Repair Consortium. Lancet Oncol. 2021 Jul;22(7):1014-1022. PMID: 34111421.

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2021

Changes in Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Care and Health Among US Adults at Age 65 Years

For more information, view the article at 👇https://academic.oup.com/jnci/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jnci/djab141/6323231 Reference: Johnson et al. PMID: 34291289.

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2021

Changes in Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Care and Health Among US Adults at Age 65 Years

For more information, read the full article at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2782345

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2021

Pancreatic Cancer Risks: ATM

For more information, read the full article at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/article-abstract/2783767 Reference: Hsu, et al. JAMA Oncol. 2021 Sep 16:e213701. PMID: 34529012.

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2021

USA Today Article: Fighting Cancer with Your Own Family History

Check out the full 𝘜𝘚𝘈 𝘛𝘰𝘥𝘢𝘺 article, featuring commentary from Dr. Tuya Pal (ICARE Founder), highlighting the importance of PALB2 as an inherited breast cancer gene: https://www.futureofpersonalhealth.com/breast-health/fighting-cancer-with-your-own-family-history/# Additional guidance is available through an impactful PALB2 practice resource recently published through ACMG: https://www.acmg.net/PDFLibrary/41436_2021_1151_OnlinePDF.pdf Reference: Tischkowitz, et al. Genet Med. 2021 Aug;23(8):1416-1423. PMID: 33976419

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2021

New NCCN Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic Guidelines (Released August 11th)

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) released new guidelines on August 11th for Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic. You can check out the full guidelines by creating a FREE account at: https://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/pdf/genetics_bop.pdf

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2021

Genetic Risk Assessment for Hereditary Renal Cell Carcinoma

To view the 30 consensus statements, read the full article at: https://acsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cncr.33679

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2021

Breast Cancer Risks: BRCA1/2 & PALB2

For more information, view the article at 👇https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JCO.21.00531

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2021

Metastatic Breast Cancer Genes

For additional information, read the Journal of Clinical Oncology article at the link below 👇 https://ascopubs.org/doi/10.1200/JCO.20.01200

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2021

New York Times PALB2 Article

A New York Times article just published focused on the importance of PALB2 as a breast cancer gene (https://www.nytimes.com/…/breast-cancer-palb2-brca.html), which referenced our recent article focused on managing PALB2 carriers sponsored by ACMG – American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, and developed through a worldwide collaboration (including: Marc Tischkowicz, Judith Balmana, Will Foulkes, Paul James, …

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2021

Germline Testing & Advanced Cancers

Check out the article for more information: https://ascopubs.org/doi/pdf/10.1200/JCO.20.03661

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2021

Breast Cancer Risk Among Breast Cancer Gene Carriers Varies by Polygenic Risk Score

For more information, read the 𝘑𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘖𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺 article at the link below:https://ascopubs.org/doi/figure/10.1200/JCO.20.01992

Permanent link to this article: https://inheritedcancer.net/post81321/

ICARE Social Media Post August 2021

ASCO Guideline Update: Olaparib for Breast Cancer

For additional information, read the updated American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recommendation (released June 15th, 2021) at the following link: https://www.asco.org/practice-patients/guidelines/breast-cancer?intcmp=ws_ascoorg_gdlns_hereditarybreastcancer_site_pressrelease_061621____#/143725

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2021

Oral Contraceptive Use & Reduced Ovarian Cancer Risk in BRCA Carriers

For more information, view the AJOG article by Lieske Schrijver and colleagues at the following link: https://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378(21)00038-7/fulltext

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2021

BRCA Mutations in Indian Women with Ovarian Cancer

For more information, view the article at: https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/GO.21.00051

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2021

Inherited Cancer in Colorectal Cancer Patients

For more information, view the article at: https://ascopubs.org/doi/10.1200/PO.20.00525

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2021

Lifestyle & Colorectal Cancer Risk

For additional information, read the article at the link below: https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article-abstract/113/4/810/6155851

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2021

Niraparib Maintenance in BRCA Carriers with Ovarian Cancer

For more information visit: https://www.cancernetwork.com/view/multi-trial-analysis-indicates-niraparib-maintenance-for-brca-ovarian-cancer-leads-to-pfs-benefit-across-settings

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2021

Disparities in Cancer Survival Among Adolescents and Young Adults

Check out the full article for more information: https://academic.oup.com/jnci/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jnci/djab006/6117446

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2021

RAD51C & RAD51D Response to Rucaparib in Ovarian Cancer

Check out the Nature Communications article for more information: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-22582-6

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2021

Advances in Pancreatic Cancer Treatment: PALB2 & BRCA1/2

For more information, view the article at the following link below: https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.21.00003 You may also read the ASCO post article at: https://ascopost.com/news/may-2021/maintenance-rucaparib-in-patients-with-platinum-sensitive-pancreatic-cancer-and-germline-or-somatic-brca1-brca2-or-palb2-variants/?utm_source=TAP%2DEN%2D051221%2DTrending%5FLymphoma&utm_medium=email&utm_term=49cf1c97d48c2cf8231827e3bcb15769

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2021

PALB2 & Prostate Cancer

For more information, read the article available at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41416-021-01410-0

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2021

BRCA: Better Survival with Screening

For more information, please visit: https://www.cancertherapyadvisor.com/home/news/conference-coverage/st-gallen-international-breast-cancer-conference/sg-bcc-2021/breast-cancer-screening-brca-improves-survival-mutation

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2021

A Population-Based Study of Genes Previously Implicated in Breast Cancer

For additional information, read the article at the following link: https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMoa2005936

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2021

BRCA2 Variants of Uncertain Significance

For more information, view the article at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33609447/

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2021

Actionable Pathogenic Variants Among Caribbean-Born People With Breast or Ovarian Cancer

For more information, view the article at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2776805

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2021

Olaparib In Patients With Early, High-Risk HER2-Negative Breast Cancer & BRCA Mutations

For more information view the article at: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2105215

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2021

Race-Based Oncology

For more information, view the article at the following link: https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/PO.20.00418

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2021

Breast Cancer Awareness Medical Minute

In recognition of 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻’𝘀 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵, listen to our colleague, Dr. Sonya Reid, talk about the importance of mammography for the early detection of breast cancer! To learn more, check out the American Cancer Society’s Recommendations for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/screening-tests-and-early-detection/american-cancer-society-recommendations-for-the-early-detection-of-breast-cancer.html

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2021

USPSTF Earlier Colorectal Cancer Screening At Age 45

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) now recommends routine colorectal cancer screening begin at age 45 (lowered from the previous recommendation to start screening at age 50) due to an increasing number of colorectal cancer cases in younger adults. For more information, check out the full JAMA article at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2779985

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2021

ACMG Gene List

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) recently released the highly anticipated recommended minimum gene list for reporting secondary findings (SF) in clinical exome and genome sequencing. ACMG SF v3.0 added 3 new cancer genes (𝘗𝘈𝘓𝘉2, 𝘔𝘈𝘟, and 𝘛𝘔𝘌𝘔127) to bring the total number of inherited cancer genes to 28. For more information …

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2021

Plexiform Neurofibromas and NF1

For more information, read the article available at: https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JCO.20.02220

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2021

CDKN2A: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

𝘐𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘬𝘪𝘯 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘩, we present cancer risks and management for 𝗖𝗗𝗞𝗡𝟮𝗔 per National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Version 2.2021 𝗠𝗲𝗻 & 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻:Melanoma risk: Elevated at 28-67% – Recommend annual full-body skin exam, regular self-examinations, and routine sun protective behaviors. Pancreatic cancer risk: >15% – Consider MRI/MRCP and/or endoscopic …

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2021

ACMG Clinical Practice Resource on PALB2

Check out the newly released ACMG Clinical Practice Resource on 𝗣𝗔𝗟𝗕𝟮 developed through a group of worldwide experts!https://www.acmg.net/PDFLibrary/41436_2021_1151_OnlinePDF.pdf Read the ACMG press release at: https://www.acmg.net/PDFLibrary/Global%20Team%20of%20Cancer%20Genetic%20Specialists%20release%20final%20template%205%206.final.pdf

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2021

Direct-to-Consumer Tests

For additional information, view the BMJ article available at: 👉 https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n214

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2021

Reducing Hereditary Cancer Act

The 𝙍𝙚𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙃𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝘾𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙧 𝘼𝙘𝙩 is being proposed to ensure Medicare beneficiaries have access to inherited cancer genetic testing, increased screening, and risk-reducing procedures, when medically necessary & appropriate. Under current Medicare guidelines, only those with “signs, symptoms, complaints, or personal histories of disease” meet the criteria for medical services coverage. Genetic testing is only …

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2021

Effect of Salpingo-Oophorectomy on Breast Cancer Risk in Women With BRCA1 or BRCA2 Pathogenic Variants

For more information, view the JAMA Oncology article available at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/article-abstract/2776761

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2021

Addressing Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Clinical Trial Enrollment

For more information, read the recently published ASCO Daily News editorial led by 𝗗𝗿. 𝗦𝗼𝗻𝘆𝗮 𝗥𝗲𝗶𝗱 from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which focused on racial disparities in breast cancer clinical trial enrollment: https://dailynews.ascopubs.org/do/10.1200/ADN.21.200499/full/

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2021

Komen Disparities Resource

Check out Susan G. Komen’s “𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗛𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆, 𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗥𝗶𝘀𝗸” resource, which outlines disparities in breast cancer, how to understand your risk, and recommended screening and management practices. To learn more, please visit: 👉 https://www.komen.org/about-komen/our-impact/breast-cancer/health-equities-initiative/know-your-history/ 👉 https://blog.komen.org/news/black-history-month/

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2021

Olaparib for Metastatic Breast Cancer

For more information, view the article at: https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.20.02151

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2021

Winter 2021 Ask the Expert

In every ICARE newsletter we give our participants the opportunity to have a question addressed by an expert in the field. In the latest edition, Dr. Rebecca Smith explains how a genetic change (or mutation) is classified as pathogenic or benign. Check out Dr. Smith’s full response in our Winter 2021 newsletter at: https://inheritedcancer.net/newsletters/

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2021

Fruits and Vegetables Lower Mortality

For further information, view the article available at:https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.120.048996

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2021

Family Communication of Genetic Test Results Among Women with Inherited Breast Cancer Genes

Check out a recent article led by the ICARE team, published in the Journal of Genetic Counseling, outlining family communication of genetic test results among female BRCA1/2, PALB2, CHEK2, and ATM carriers. Check out the full article at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/jgc4.1356

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2021

STK11: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

Gene: STK11 Cancer Risks and Management per National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Colorectal Version 1.2020 Women:Breast cancer risk: Elevated at 40-60% – Recommend annual mammogram and breast MRI starting at around age 30. Ovarian tumor risk (typically benign sex cord/Sertoli cell tumors): Elevated at 18-21% – Recommend annual pelvic exam starting at …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2021

MUTYH: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

Gene: MUTYH Cancer Risks and Management per National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Colorectal Version 1.2020 Men & women with two mutations in MUTYH:Colon cancer risk: High risk – Recommend colonoscopy every 1-2 years beginning at age 25-30; colectomy considered based on polyp burden and age. Duodenal cancer risk: Elevated – Consider baseline …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2021

Winter 2021 Community Spotlight

In every ICARE newsletter we feature a 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘀𝗽𝗼𝘁𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 to share their experience with inherited cancer. In the latest edition, Dave Dubin, co-founder of AliveAndKickn, shares his experience with Lynch Syndrome. Check out his full story at: https://inheritedcancer.net/community-spotlight/

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2021

APC: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗲: 𝗔𝗣𝗖 Cancer Risks and Management per National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Colorectal Version 1.2020 𝗠𝗲𝗻 & 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻:𝘈𝘗𝘊 mutation leading to classic form of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP):Colorectal cancer risk: >99% if untreated – Treatment is based on polyp burden and includes proctocolectomy (with subsequent endoscopic screening of the ileal pouch) or …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2021

Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment Tool

In honor of 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵, we wanted to highlight the National Cancer Institute’s Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment Tool (CCRAT) designed for healthcare providers to use with select patients to estimate the risk of colorectal cancer. You may access the tool at https://ccrisktool.cancer.gov

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2021

Three Articles: Breast Cancer Risks

For additional information about the: 》US-based study, visit: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmoa2005936 》International study, visit: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmoa1913948 》Accompanying editorial: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe2035083

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2021

Breastfeeding and the Risk of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Among Women with A BRCA1 or BRCA2 Mutation

For further information, view the article available at: https://www.gynecologiconcology-online.net/action/showPdf?pii=S0090-8258%2820%2933947-0

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2021

Olaparib and Invasive Disease-Free Survival in Patients with BRCA, High-Risk, Early Breast Cancer

For additional information visit: https://www.onclive.com/view/adjuvant-olaparib-showcases-idfs-improvement-in-brca-high-risk-early-breast-cancer

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2021

Inherited Breast Cancer Genes: Two New Important Articles Just Released

Results of a United States (U.S.)-based study1 and an international study2 were released in January in the New England Journal of Medicine and provide a much clearer picture about the role of inherited breast cancer genes in women without a family history of cancer, and how common these genes may be in the general population. …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2021

Updates to National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic

Released September 8th, 2020: Genetic testing criteria by cancer type: Breast Cancer: Broadened to include relatives with ALL grades of prostate cancer (not just high-grade) Having multiple breast cancer diagnoses no longer depends on whether the diagnoses were on two different breasts Prostate Cancer: Now includes cribriform histology and ANY risk group (not just high-grade …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2021

Exploring Disparities Among Those with Inherited Cancers

It has never been more urgent to ensure that advances in genomic technologies do not further widen existing cancer health disparities. In the fall of 2020, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) put forth a report focused on cancer health disparities, in which they highlighted several issues.1 Notably, disparities in inherited cancer care were …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2021

Study Suggests Low Yield of MRI Surveillance After Bilateral Mastectomy

A study of 159 women, including BRCA1/2 carriers, who had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction and underwent breast MRI screening, showed few women had detection of breast cancer through MRI after their bilateral mastectomy. These results support the recommendation that BRCA1/2 carriers with or without breast cancer who have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction do …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2021

Community Spotlight

My genes don’t define me. I am AliveAndKickn. Pretty bold statement. AliveAndKickn is more than just a name. It’s a way of life. I joke that Lynch Syndrome is the genetic predisposition to colon cancer, endometrial cancer, other cancers…and soccer. But that’s just me. Besides half a dozen surgeries since 1997, I have and still play and coach the game I love. …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2021

Learning You Have a Mutation in an Inherited Cancer Gene: What’s Next?

The benefits achieved through genetic testing for inherited cancer only happen by acting upon the results. This can be through guiding cancer treatment, receiving appropriate cancer risk management strategies, and sharing results with at-risk family members so they too can benefit from this information. We recently reported on results of our study, made possible through …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2021

CHEK2 is NOT a Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Gene

An old study back in 1999 suggested that CHEK2 may be a Li-Fraumeni Syndrome gene.1 However, a subsequent report in 2002 clearly refuted this original assertion, and based on additional data and analysis concluded that “… it is very unlikely that CHEK2 is an alternative Li-Fraumeni Syndrome susceptibility gene.”2 Another subsequent report in 2008 based …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2021

Assessing How Pregnancy and Breastfeeding May Affect Cancer Risks in BRCA Carriers

Results of a recently published study suggested that pregnancy after breast cancer in BRCA carriers does not lead to a worse outcome in women or their fetuses.1 This information is reassuring for BRCA carriers who have had a prior diagnosis of breast cancer and are considering having children. In another study among female BRCA carriers …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2021

Ask the Expert

In each newsletter, we give participants the opportunity to have their questions addressed by experts in the field. This question was addressed by Rebecca Smith, PhD, Laboratory Director at Genetics Associates, Inc. with over 20 years of experience in biomedical research and 7 years of experience in clinical laboratory diagnostics. If you have a question …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2021

Inherited Cancer Treatment: Updates and Relevant Policies

Over the last several months, the American Society of Clinical Oncology published a number of guidelines related to the use of PARP inhibitors among those with BRCA-associated cancers, including guidelines focused on ovarian cancer,1 metastatic pancreatic cancer,2 and breast cancer.3 Additionally, costs of drugs also have great potential to influence policy, highlighting the importance of …

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2021

ICARE Winter 2021 Newsletter

The ICARE Winter 2021 Newsletter is now available! Check out this latest edition for recent research and clinical updates, a Q&A with a genomics expert, and an inspiring community spotlight piece. You can read the newsletter by visiting: https://inheritedcancer.net/wp-content/uploads/ICARE-2021-Winter-Newsletter.pdf. Please feel free to share with family members, friends, and/or your healthcare providers.

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2021

Sharing Genetic Test Results with Family Members of BRCA, PALB2, CHEK2, and ATM Carriers

Our team recently published “Sharing Genetic Test Results with Family Members of 𝘉𝘙𝘊𝘈, 𝘗𝘈𝘓𝘉2, 𝘊𝘏𝘌𝘒2, and 𝘈𝘛𝘔 Carriers” in 𝘗𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘌𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 Special Issue on Genetics. View the article available at:https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0738399120306832 Challenges and barriers to family sharing included concern for family members’ reactions, complexities of information, lack of closeness, perceived relevance, & emotional impact. …

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2021

Strategies to Enhance the Identification of Hereditary Breast Cancer Gene Carriers

Check out a recent review article led by the ICARE team, published in 𝘌𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘵 𝘙𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸 𝘰𝘧 𝘔𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘋𝘪𝘢𝘨𝘯𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘴, outlining strategies to improve the identification of inherited breast cancer gene carriers. Check out the full article at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14737159.2020.1816829?needAccess=true

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2021

Male Breast Cancer Global Alliance

The Male Breast Cancer Global Alliance shares stories from male breast cancer survivors all over the world. To learn more and find resources for affected men and their families, please visit www.mbcglobalalliance.org. The Male Breast Cancer Global Alliance also developed printable and shareable cards in over 20 languages outlining the proper way to do self-breast …

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

                                              Although we don’t typically post on vaccines, given the public health importance of the COVID-19 vaccine and the questions we have received related to whether the vaccine could change one’s DNA, we …

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2021

Sharing Genetic Test Results with Family Members of BRCA, PALB2, CHEK2, and ATM

Check out a new article by the ICARE team, published in Patient Education and Counseling, evaluating the motivators and barriers to sharing personal genetic test results with family members. The article is 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 to access and download 𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗹 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝟱𝘁𝗵 at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0738399120306832

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2021

Qualitative Methods for Refining a Web-Based Educational Tool for Patients Focused on Inherited Cancer Predisposition

Check out a study led by the ICARE team, published with @SpringerNature in the Journal of Cancer Education, outlining the evaluation and refinement strategies of an interactive web-based tool developed to provide education about inherited cancer risk. Check out a full-text view-only version of the paper at https://rdcu.be/cc8sR or read the abstract at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33400205/ (PMID: …

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2021

Family Sharing Resources: GeneSHARE

With the tremendous advances in gene-based care among those at risk for inherited cancer, we are trying to develop and improve tools and strategies to make it easier for more people to benefit from genetic testing. We are excited to share with you a free online toolkit called 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗦𝗛𝗔𝗥𝗘, which is aimed at helping patients …

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2021

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Genetics PDQ

For further information, check out the National Cancer Institute’s PDQ® Cancer Genetics Summary available at: https://www.cancer.gov/publications/pdq/information-summaries/genetics

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2020

Genetic Testing in Women with Breast Cancer

Approximately 4,000 women with breast cancer were tested for mutations in nine breast cancer genes – 6.2% had mutations in at least one of the nine genes, and 2.7% had mutations in either 𝘽𝙍𝘾𝘼1 or 𝘽𝙍𝘾𝘼2. Comparisons between women who did versus did not meet National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for testing showed that: …

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2020

Cost-Effectiveness of Maintenance Olaparib for Germline BRCA-Mutated Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

For further information, read the article available at: https://jnccn.org/…/journals/jnccn/18/11/article-p1528.xml

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2020

CHEK2 is NOT a Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Gene

For additional details, read the articles at the links below: 𝟭𝟵𝟵𝟵: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10617473/ 𝟮𝟬𝟬𝟮: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12442270/ 𝟮𝟬𝟬𝟴: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18178638/

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2020

CDH1 Cancer Risks

When a 𝘾𝘿𝙃1 mutation is identified, several factors should be considered to figure out what the cancer risks might be and what medical management should be advised. Specifically, differences in cancer risks among those with a 𝘾𝘿𝙃1 mutation are not well understood.   Identifying a 𝘾𝘿𝙃1 mutation in families with hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC) …

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2020

PALB2-associated Metastatic Breast Cancer

For further information, view the article at: https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.20.02151

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2020

New NCCN Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic Guidelines

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) released new guidelines on November 20th for Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic. You can check out the full guidelines by creating a FREE account at: https://www.nccn.org/…/physician_gls/pdf/genetics_bop.pdf

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2020

Broader Germline Testing for Urothelial Cancer

The most common inherited form of urothelial cancers is Lynch Syndrome. However, a study showed that of 586 individuals with urothelial cancer, 80 had a mutation in an inherited cancer gene (14%). Mutations in several genes were observed; however, 𝙈𝙎𝙃2 and 𝘽𝙍𝘾𝘼2 were both significantly associated with urothelial cancer (odds ratio of 3.7).   Confirmatory …

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2020

Breast Cancer Polygenic Risk Score May Help Predict Risk of Contralateral Disease

For further information, view the article available at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/…/pii/S0002929720303219

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2020

Olaparib May Be Cost-Effective Maintenance Treatment For Women With Newly Diagnosed Ovarian Cancer and BRCA Mutation

For further information, view the article available at: https://www.gynecologiconcology-online.net/…/fulltext

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2020

Impact of Pregnancy After Breast Cancer in Women With Deleterious Germline BRCA Mutations

Check out the original article by visiting: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32673153/

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2020

ASCO Guideline Updates: Breast Cancer

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) published updated guidelines for the management of hereditary breast cancer for the following gene carriers:   𝘽𝙍𝘾𝘼1/2 • Consider breast-conserving therapy • Consider nipple-sparing mastectomy, if medically appropriate • Advanced breast cancer: ⫸ PARP inhibitors (olaparib, talazoparib) preferred over non-platinum single agent chemotherapy ⫸ Platinum agents are recommended …

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2020

ASCO Guidelines for Patients with Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

For additional details, refer to the article available at: https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JCO.20.01364

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2020

Polygenic Risk Scores in Predicting Breast Cancer Risk

For further information, view the article available at: https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/PO.19.00360

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2020

B-GREAT 2020 Newsletter

The B-GREAT 2020 Newsletter is now available! Check out this latest edition for research updates and information about racial inequalities in healthcare. You can read the newsletter by visiting: https://bgreatinitiative.inheritedcancer.net/wp-content/uploads/BGREAT-Newsletter-2020.pdf. Please feel free to share with family members, friends, and/or your healthc