Category: Newsletter Articles & Posts

ICARE Social Media Post November 2022

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 Social Media Post November 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post October 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post October 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post October 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post October 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post October 2022

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 in bio!Reference: Carver et al. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Mar;30(3):469-473. PMID: 33335023.

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post October 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post September 2022

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 the links in our bio to learn more!

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2022

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 the link in our bio for more info! 🔗⁠Reference: Mills, et al. Gynecol Oncol; 2020 Jun;157(3):706-710. PMID: 32143914.

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2022

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 the link in our bio! 🔗⁠⁠Reference: Kotsopoulos et al. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2022 Jul 1;31(7):1351-1358. PMID: 35477169.

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post September 2022
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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 in our bio for more info! 🔗⁠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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ICARE Social Media Post September 2022

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 in our bio for more info! …

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post September 2022

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 in our bio for more info! 🔗⁠Reference: Stanek et al. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2022 Apr;46(2):706-711. PMID: 34342702.

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post August 2022

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 in our bio for more info! 🔗⁠Reference: Hurwitz et al. J Clin Oncol. 2022. PMID: 35867953.

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2022

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 in our bio for more info! 🔗⁠⁠Reference: Kindler et al. J Clin Oncol. 2022; JCO2101604. PMID: 35834777.

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2022

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 in our bio! 🔗⁠Reference: Dbouk, et al. J Clin Oncol. 2022 Jun 15:JCO2200298. doi: …

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post June 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post June 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post June 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post May 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post May 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post May 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post April 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post April 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post April 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post April 2022

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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ICARE Social Media Post Month Year

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

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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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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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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 healthcare providers.  We will be publishing these newsletters twice a year starting in 2021. …

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2020

Clinical Trial Participation Powers Patient’s Positive Attitude

Brooke Thomas has leaned on 12 years of experience as a medical social worker and found ways to stay positive and upbeat through it all – and she has a lot to be positive about these days, thanks to an amazing response to her treatment as part of a clinical trial at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. …

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2020

Identifying Individuals At-Risk for Inherited Cancer: Disparities Among Ovarian Cancer Patients

This study highlights disparities among ovarian cancer patients. For further information, view the article at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30964716/

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2020

CDH1: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

Gene: 𝘾𝘿𝙃𝟭 Cancer Risks and Management per NCCN Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast/Ovarian/Pancreatic Version 1.2021 and Gastric Version 3.2020: 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻: Breast cancer risk: Elevated at 55% – Recommend annual mammogram starting at age 30; consider breast MRI with contrast starting at age 30. 𝗠𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻: Stomach cancer risk: Elevated at 83% for women, and 67% …

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2020

Polygenic Risk Scores in Refining Breast Cancer Risks

For further information, view the article available at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2767768

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2020

PTEN: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

Gene: 𝙋𝙏𝙀𝙉 Cancer Risks and Management per National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast/Ovarian/Pancreatic Version 1.2021: 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻: Breast cancer risk: Elevated at 85% – Recommend annual mammogram starting at age 30-35 (or 5-10 years before the earliest known breast cancer in the family); consider breast MRI with contrast starting at age 30-35; consider …

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2020

Three Genetic Variants Identified That May Raise Breast Cancer Risks in Men

For more information, view the article available at: https://academic.oup.com/jnci/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jnci/djaa101/5885091

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2020

TP53: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

Gene: 𝙏𝙋𝟱𝟯 Syndrome: Li-Fraumeni Cancer Risks and Management per National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast/Ovarian/Pancreatic Version 1.2021: 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻: Breast cancer risk: Elevated at 54% – Recommend clinical breast exam every 6-12 months starting at age 20, annual breast MRI with contrast starting at age 20, and annual mammogram starting at age 30; …

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2020

New ASCO Guidelines On Use Of PARP Inhibitors To Manage Ovarian Cancer

New guidelines for the use of PARP inhibitors to treat ovarian cancer among those with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations were published through the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to guide providers about the role of this class of drugs in the management of this type of cancer. Link to the guidelines are available at: …

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2020

CHEK2: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

Gene: 𝘾𝙃𝙀𝙆2 Cancer Risks and Management per National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Colorectal Version 1.2020 & Breast/Ovarian/Pancreatic Version 1.2021: 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻: Breast Cancer Risk: Elevated at 28-44% – Recommend annual mammogram starting at age 40 and consider annual breast MRIs with contrast starting at age 40. 𝗠𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻: Colorectal Cancer Risk: Elevated …

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2020

Addition of Veliparib to Carboplatin/Paclitaxel in Previously Treated Patients With BRCA-Mutated Advanced Breast Cancer

Among BRCA carriers with metastatic breast cancer, the combination of veliparib AND chemotherapy with platinum-based agents (carboplatin) and taxanes (paclitaxel) led to a longer duration of progression free survival (disease that did not progress), compared to those treated with ONLY chemotherapy. To read the full article visit: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(20)30447-2/fulltext [This finding was previously outlined last year …

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2020

ATM: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

Gene: 𝘼𝙏𝙈 Cancer Risks and Management (per NCCN Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic Version 1.2021) 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻: Breast cancer risk: Elevated at 30% – Recommend annual mammogram starting at age 40 and consider annual breast MRIs starting at age 40. Ovarian cancer risk: Possibly increased, not well established – Manage based on family history. …

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2020

Living with Lynch 2020 Virtual Patient Workshop

SJoin the Colon Cancer Coalition and AliveAndKickn for the Living with Lynch 2020 Virtual Patient Workshop on𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟵𝘁𝗵 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝟭𝗽𝗺-𝟱𝗽𝗺 𝗘𝗧 to hear unique patient perspectives and the latest information from experts on Lynch syndrome.  Visit https://www.livingwithlynch.org/2020-living-with-lynch to register for this free workshop today! 

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2020

AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2020

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) published a Cancer Disparities Progress Report. “… our limited knowledge of cancer biology in racial and ethnic minorities, including their inherited cancer predisposition and the genomic underpinnings of cancer initiation and progression, diminishes the potential of precision medicine in these populations.” This report discusses relevant information about inherited …

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2020

FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Status to MK-6482 for Treatment of Patients With VHL Disease-Associated Renal Cell Carcinoma

For additional information, please visit: https://www.onclive.com/view/fda-grants-breakthrough-status-to-mk-6482-for-select-vhl-disease-associated-rcc   Also check out the abstract presented at the 2020 ASCO meeting: https://meetinglibrary.asco.org/record/185945/abstract

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2020

Rucaparib May Have Antitumor Activity in Male BRCA Carriers with Metastatic Prostate Cancer

For further information, view the article available at: https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JCO.20.01035

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2020

ICARE Summer 2020 Newsletter

The ICARE Summer 2020 Newsletter is now available! Check out this latest edition for recent research and clinical updates as well as a Q&A with a nationally renowned clinical geneticist from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.    You can read the newsletter by visiting: https://inheritedcancer.net/wp-content/uploads/ICARE-2020-Summer-Newsletter.pdf    Please feel free to share with family members, friends, and/or your …

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2020

NCCN Genetic Testing Criteria Updates by Cancer

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) released new guidelines on September 8th, 2020, which included updates to genetic testing criteria by cancer type as follows:   Breast Cancer:  Broadened to include relatives with ALL grades of prostate cancer (not just high-grade) Now having multiple breast cancer diagnoses is NOT dependent on whether the diagnoses were …

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2020

NCCN Breast Cancer Pathology Updates

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) released new guidelines on September 8th, 2020. 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 September 2020

NCCN Genetic Testing Choice Updates

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) released new guidelines on September 8th, 2020, which included updates to genetic testing choices and considerations as follows: Choice of multi-gene panel may be guided by genes included, analyses offered, and financial assistance programs available for family testing Significant limitations in interpretations of polygenic risk scores:  NOT recommended for …

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2020

NCCN Breast Cancer Risk Management Updates by Gene

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) released new guidelines on September 8th, 2020, which included updates to breast cancer risk management recommendations by gene as follows:  NBN – high-risk breast screening was removed as there is insufficient evidence to support high cancer risks BARD1 – added consideration for high-risk breast screening starting at age 40  …

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2020

ACMG Guidelines for Genetic Testing for All Breast Cancer

Check out Vanderbilt’s article about genetic testing considerations at: https://discover.vumc.org/2020/02/genetic-testing-considerations-for-breast-cancer-patients/     Check out the original document from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41436-019-0712-x

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2020

GREM1 Duplication

The GREM1 gene leads to hereditary mixed polyposis syndrome, characterized by multiple polyps of mixed pathology and high risks for colorectal cancer.   A specific duplication in the 5′ regulatory region of the GREM1 gene has been found in a subset of Ashkenazi Jewish individuals with hereditary mixed polyposis syndrome; therefore, GREM1 genetic testing is …

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2020

Biallelic Mutations in BRCA1 Cause Fanconi Anemia

BRCA1 is not typically thought to be one of the genes which cause Fanconi anemia. However, rare cases of individuals with biallelic BRCA1 mutations (mutations in both copies of the gene) have been reported. One case involved a woman who had breast cancer at age 23, and was born with multiple birth defects consistent with …

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2020

Older Women with Breast Cancer Have Higher Risks of Ovarian and Other Cancers

Among 4,500 post-menopausal women with breast cancer, 3.55% had a mutation in a gene associated with inherited breast cancer (3-fold higher than what was seen among women who were cancer-free). BRCA1/2 mutations were seen more frequently in women diagnosed with breast cancer at or below age 65 (2.21%) compared to those diagnosed after age 65 …

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Pheochromocytoma and Paraganglioma Genetic Testing

More than 40% of patients with pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma, regardless of age and family history, carry an inherited gene mutation. Given that gene mutation carriers may benefit from gene-specific cancer screening, all individuals diagnosed with one of these tumors should seek genetic counseling to discuss genetic testing options. Genes that predispose to pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma …

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2020

Optimal Timing of Prophylactic Gastrectomy for CDH1 Carriers

Individuals with a CDH1 mutation and classic personal and family history of diffuse gastric (stomach) cancer have a very high risk of developing and dying from stomach cancer, if they do not have preventive surgery to remove their stomach. A simulation study to assess prophylactic total gastrectomy (PTG; the removal of the stomach to prevent …

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2020

MRI Surveillance Has Very Low Yield After Bilateral Mastectomy and Reconstruction

A study of 159 women, including BRCA carriers, who had bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, underwent breast MRI screening. The results showed few women had detection of breast cancer through MRI, after their bilateral mastectomy. These results support the recommendation against screening MRI in women who have had bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction due to a diagnosis …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2020

Treatment Advances Among Those with Neurofibromatosis Type 1

There continue to be ongoing advances in treatment studies among those with inherited cancer gene mutations, which are rapidly being followed by FDA approval for specific cancer treatments. Select studies and advances are summarized below: Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1):  The FDA granted selumetinib (a MEK inhibitor) breakthrough therapy designation for treatment of inoperable plexiform neurofibromas.

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2020

Treatment Advances Among Those with Lynch Syndrome

There continue to be ongoing advances in treatment studies among those with inherited cancer gene mutations, which are rapidly being followed by FDA approval for specific cancer treatments. Select studies and advances are summarized below: Lynch Syndrome:  Colorectal Cancer: Among patients with MSI-H or MMR-deficient colorectal cancers (frequently seen among those with Lynch syndrome), pembrolizumab …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2020

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 Georgia Wiesner, MD, MS, a nationally renowned clinical cancer geneticist, who is an Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Genetic Medicine, and the Director of the …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2020

Identifying Individuals At-Risk for Inherited Cancer

We have known for a while that many people who have mutations in BRCA1/2 and other inherited cancer risk genes are unaware of their mutation as they have not yet had genetic testing. A recent study among women aged 20 or older living in California and Georgia, which included almost 80,000 breast cancer patients and …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2020

Community Spotlight

PTEN is one of the body’s tumor suppressor genes, which controls cell growth. When a PTEN mutation is present, cells may grow uncontrollably, causing tumors to develop that may become cancerous. A patient born with a PTEN mutation is at high risk for developing breast, thyroid, kidney, colon, and endometrial cancer. My PTEN journey began …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2020

Treatment Advances Among Those with Von-Hippel Lindau (VHL) Disease

There continue to be ongoing advances in treatment studies among those with inherited cancer gene mutations, which are rapidly being followed by FDA approval for specific cancer treatments. Select studies and advances are summarized below: Von-Hippel Lindau (VHL) Disease:  Among patients with VHL-associated clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC), a recent study suggested potential benefit …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2020

Treatment Advances Among BRCA1/2 Carriers

There continue to be ongoing advances in treatment studies among those with inherited cancer gene mutations, which are rapidly being followed by FDA approval for specific cancer treatments. Select studies and advances are summarized below: BRCA1/2 Carriers:  Breast Cancer: For those with later stage or metastatic breast cancer, the FDA currently has approvals for the use …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2020

Updates to National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Colorectal Guidelines

Updates to National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Colorectal Guidelines (Version 1.2020, posted July 21, 2020) For individuals with Lynch Syndrome: Cancer risks were updated based on information from recent studies: Main updates included cancer risks in PMS2 (endometrial, ovarian, and prostate cancer), MSH2 and EPCAM (prostate and brain cancer), and MSH6 (prostate …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2020

Guideline-Concordant Care Among Women with Inherited Cancer Gene Mutations

Testing for inherited cancer among breast cancer patients has tremendous potential to guide appropriate care following testing. Yet, a number of efforts suggest that women are not consistently receiving care according to current national guidelines based on their genetic test result. In fact, results from studies suggest many women for whom risk-reducing mastectomy would not …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2020

Polygenic Risk Scores and Colon Cancer

A recent study focused on how polygenic risk scores (PRS) may be related to colorectal cancers. Of note, PRS are calculated using genetic differences throughout someone’s DNA, in combination with their clinical and family history of cancer. PRS, alongside environmental and lifestyle risk factors, may help to identify people who may benefit from screening at …

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2020

Inherited Prostate Cancer Risk

Over 600,000 men age 40 and older who were part of a family with at least three consecutive generations affected with prostate cancer were studied from the Utah Population Database. Findings from this study showed that: 36,000 had prostate cancer (5.9%) 2,500 had early-onset disease (7%) 4,000 had lethal disease (11.1%) 15,000 had clinically significant …

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2020

CDC Resource for Free Breast Cancer Screening

We are here to help! Our followers asked us to provide information about screening resources for women with hereditary breast cancer. We would like to make folks aware about a CDC program that provides free breast cancer screening for women who are uninsured and underinsured. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Check out more information at: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/ ⁣⁣

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2020

Presymptomatic BRCA1/2 Carriers May Have Better Outcomes

Check out the article at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/article-abstract/2768011

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2020

Disparities in BRCA Counseling Across Diverse Populations

A recently published study based on data from our participants showed that few young Black women with breast cancer see a genetic counselor AND those with insurance are LESS likely to see a genetic counselor. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ For more information, check out the full study at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41436-020-0762-0 

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2020

Genes That Predispose African American Women to Breast Cancer

A recently published study based on data including our participants identified genes that predispose African American patients to breast cancer.  For more information, check out the full study at: https://academic.oup.com/jnci/article/doi/10.1093/jnci/djaa040/5838706.

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2020

Cancer Risks in Men with BRCA1 and BRCA2 Pathogenic Variants

Check out the article at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/article-abstract/2767423

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2020

Updates to 2020 NCCN Genetic/Familial Colorectal Guidelines

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) released new guidelines for 2020 on July 21, 2020. The big changes included refining some of the risks for genes involved in Lynch Syndrome, and providing specific guidance about cancer screening that may slightly differ by gene. You can check out the full guidelines by creating a FREE account …

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2020

Racial Inequalities in Genetics

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”1″ display=”basic_slideshow” arrows=”1″ show_thumbnail_link=”0″]It is important to talk about racial inequalities in healthcare as it affects the care received among Black patients. Through our research efforts, we not only want to address the issue of racism but also think about ways to make healthcare more equitable. A recently published study including our research …

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2020

Breast Cancer Risks May be Higher in Women with Two CHEK2 Mutations Versus One CHEK2 Mutation

A study comparing women with two CHEK2 mutations to one CHEK2 mutation showed that those with two mutations were: -more likely to get breast cancer (80.6% versus 41.2%) -more likely to be diagnosed at or below age 50 (61.3% versus 23.9%) -more likely to have a second breast cancer diagnosis (22.6% versus 8.1%) These findings …

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2020

Individuals with a First-Degree Relative with Blood Cancer Are at Increased Risk for Blood-Related Cancer

Individuals with a first-degree relative (for example, parent, sibling, or child) with blood cancer, such as lymphoma, have a higher chance of being diagnosed with blood-related cancer (i.e., hematologic malignancy), according to a recent study. The risk to develop certain blood cancers depends on how closely related the relative is (e.g., higher risks for first-degree …

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2020

BRCA1/2 and Other Gene Carriers with Breast Cancer Don’t Always Receive Recommended Treatment

BRCA1/2 and other gene mutation carriers with early stage breast cancer are not always receiving cancer treatment as recommended by national guidelines. Even though more and more people have been tested for hereditary cancer over the years, using this information accurately to guide treatment has not been as successful. These findings highlight the need for …

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2020

Pancreatic Cancer Can Run in Families

Individuals with a family history of pancreatic cancer have a higher risk to develop pancreatic cancer. A recent study reported the following pancreatic cancer risks compared to the general population, based on relationship to an individual with pancreatic cancer: First-degree relative (e.g., parent, sibling, child) – 1.76 fold higher Second-degree relative (e.g., aunts, uncles, grandparents) …

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2020

Community Spotlight: Mari-Lynn Slayton

In every ICARE Newsletter we feature an ICARE participant as a community spotlight. Our community spotlight in our Winter 2016 ICARE Newsletter is Mari-Lynn Slayton, who was found to have a PALB2 mutation after two breast cancer diagnoses. Check out her story at: https://inheritedcancer.net/community-spotlight/

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2020

Advances in Treatment for Colorectal Cancer

On June 29, 2020, the FDA approved the use of Keytruda (pembrolizumab), as first-line treatment in unresectable or metastatic, microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair-deficient (dMMR) colorectal cancer. Among people with Lynch syndrome, the risk for colorectal cancer (which often has microsatellite instability and/or mismatch-repair deficiency) is raised. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) showed to double the progression-free …

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2020

Higher Chance of VUS Results in Minorities

Asian, Hispanic, and Black women with breast cancer had higher rates of variants of uncertain significance (VUS) on genetic test results for hereditary cancer genes compared to White women with breast cancer according to a recent study. Check out the full article at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13187-019-01646-8

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2020

Community Spotlight: Kelly Frank

June is cancer survivor month! In every ICARE Newsletter we feature an ICARE participant as a community spotlight. Our community spotlight in our Winter 2019 ICARE Newsletter is Kelly Frank, who was found to have a BRIP1 mutation after an ovarian cancer diagnosis. Check out her story at: https://inheritedcancer.net/community-spotlight/

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2020

Advances in Treatment for BRCA-Mutated Triple Negative Breast Cancer

In a study of 914 women with different breast cancer subtypes, overall pathologic complete response rates were: Higher in those with BRCA1/2 mutations (60.4% versus 46.7%) No differences were seen in those with mutations in other inherited cancer genes Among patients with triple-negative breast cancer, BRCA1/2 mutations had highest response rates to treatment in both …

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2020

Community Spotlight: Patricia Blumenthal

In every ICARE Newsletter we feature an ICARE participant as a community spotlight. Our community spotlight in our Summer 2018 ICARE Newsletter is Patricia Blumenthal, who was found to have a BRCA2 mutation. Check out her story at: https://inheritedcancer.net/community-spotlight/

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2020

Advances in BRCA1/2 Breast Cancer Treatment

Through a randomized phase 2 study (called the INFORM trial) among BRCA1/2 carriers with breast cancer, cisplatin was no better in inducing pathologic complete remission compared to AC. The pathologic complete remission rate was 18% for cisplatin and 26% for AC. Cisplatin is not better than other chemotherapy for induction therapy for breast cancers in …

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2020

Community Spotlight: Christy Mattey

In every ICARE Newsletter we feature an ICARE participant as a community spotlight. Our latest community spotlight in our Winter 2017 ICARE Newsletter is Christy Mattey, who was found to have a CHEK2 mutation after a breast cancer diagnosis. Check out her story at: https://inheritedcancer.net/community-spotlight/

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2020

Advances in Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer: Cisplatin + Gemcitabine

In BRCA1/2 or PALB2 carriers with stage 3 or 4 pancreatic cancer, the combination of cisplatin + gemtricitabine with veliparib (a PARP inhibitor), did NOT seem to provide additional benefit over cisplatin + gemtricitabine alone. Through this phase 2 randomized control trial, response rates in both treatment arms were high with similar overall survival rates. …

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2020

Community Spotlight: Terry Arnold

June is Cancer Survivor Month! In every ICARE Newsletter we feature an ICARE participant as a community spotlight. Our latest community spotlight in our Summer 2017 ICARE Newsletter is Terry Arnold, who was found to have a BRCA1 mutation after a breast cancer diagnosis. Check out her story at: https://inheritedcancer.net/community-spotlight/

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2020

Platinum Based Chemotherapy for Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

A recent study found that patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer who had mutations in the DNA repair genes (either inherited or just in the tumor) had better clinical outcomes after platinum-based chemotherapy compared to patients without these mutations. Check out the link to full article: https://clincancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2020/05/20/1078-0432.CCR-20-0418

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2020

Cancer Risk Management Among Female BRCA1/2, PALB2, CHEK2, and ATM Carriers in ICARE

A new article was recently published based on data from BRCA1/2, PALB2, CHEK2, and ATM carriers in ICARE. Findings suggest potential overtreatment through risk-reducing surgery among women with pathogenic/likely pathogenic variants in breast cancer genes. This highlights the importance of promoting guideline-adherent, risk-appropriate care. Check out the full article at https://rdcu.be/b4mbg

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2020

Advances in Treatment for Metastatic Prostate Cancer: Olaparib

On May 19, 2020 the FDA approved the use of olaparib (Lynparza) as treatment in BRCA and other gene carriers (homologous recombination repair genes) with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer who have been treated with enzalutamide or abiraterone. Link to full article: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-approvals-and-databases/fda-approves-olaparib-hrr-gene-mutated-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2020

Advances in Treatment for Metastatic Prostate Cancer: Rucaparib

On May 15, 2020 the FDA approved the use of rucaparib (Rubraca) as treatment in BRCA carriers with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer who have been treated with androgen receptor-directed therapy and a taxane-based chemotherapy. Link to full article: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/fda-grants-accelerated-approval-rucaparib-brca-mutated-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2020

MRI May Detect Breast Cancer Earlier than Mammograms

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) currently recommends an annual breast MRI and an annual mammography for high-risk women (lifetime breast cancer risk at or above 20%). Among women at high risk for breast cancer, MRI detected breast cancer at an earlier stage than mammograms. Women with BRCA1/2 and TP53 were NOT included in this …

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2020

Advances in Ovarian Cancer Treatment for BRCA1/2 Carriers: Olaparib & bevacizumab

On May 8, 2020 the FDA approved the use of olaparib (Lynparza) as first-line maintenance treatment in BRCA1/2 carriers (deleterious or suspected deleterious mutations) and/or a genomic instability, with advanced epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer who are in complete or partial response to first-line platinum-based chemotherapy. Link to full article: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-approvals-and-databases/fda-approves-olaparib-plus-bevacizumab-maintenance-treatment-ovarian-fallopian-tube-or-primary

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2020

Advances in Ovarian Cancer Treatment for BRCA1/2 Carriers: Olaparib

In recognition of World Ovarian Cancer Day, we’d like to share some exciting results from a study of women with ovarian cancer and a BRCA mutation: In a recent phase III trial, olaparib (PARP inhibitor) showed improved response and progression-free survival compared with chemotherapy (without platinum) in BRCA carriers with platinum-sensitive relapsed ovarian cancer who …

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2020

Advances in Treatment for Metastatic Prostate Cancer: Olaparib

Findings from a recent study showed that olaparib (PARP inhibitor) significantly improved progression-free survival in patients with BRCA1, BRCA2, or ATM genetic alterations. Benefits were also more broadly seen among patients with homologous recombination repair gene defects. Link to full article: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1911440 Check out the ASCO post article at: https://www.ascopost.com/news/may-2020/olaparib-for-patients-with-mcrpc-and-homologous-recombination-repair-gene-alterations/

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2020

CDH1: Gastric and Breast Cancer Risks

CDH1 mutation carriers are at higher risk for diffuse gastric cancer (men and women) and lobular breast cancer (women). Current strategies to manage high risks of gastric cancer include prophylactic gastrectomy (i.e., removal of the stomach), which can have severe physical and psychological implications. A recent study found that men have a higher risk of …

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2020

New Blood Test May Find Ovarian Cancer Early

A study of 80 women identified 4 proteins in blood that may help to detect ovarian cancer early. Further research is still needed with larger groups of women to determine if this new blood test would be a reliable test to find ovarian cancer early. Check out the full article at https://www.nature.com/articles/s41416-019-0544-0

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2020

Advances in Treatment for Ovarian Cancer in BRCA1/2 Carriers: Niraparib

On April 29, 2020 the FDA approved the use of niraparib (Zeluja) as first-line maintenance treatment in BRCA1/2 carriers with advanced ovarian cancer! More details available at: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-approvals-and-databases/fda-approves-niraparib-first-line-maintenance-advanced-ovarian-cancer

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2020

PALB2: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

Gene: PALB2 Cancer Risks and Management (per NCCN version 1.2020): Women: Breast cancer risk: Elevated at 53% – Recommend annual breast MRI with contrast starting at age 30, and annual mammogram with consideration of tomosynthesis starting at age 30; Consider risk-reducing mastectomy. Ovarian cancer risk: Elevated at 5% – Manage based on family history. Men …

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2020

BRCA2: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

Gene: BRCA2 Cancer Risks and Management (per NCCN version 3.2019): Women: Breast cancer risk: Elevated at 60%-70% – Recommend clinical breast exam every 6-12 months starting at age 25, annual breast MRI with contrast starting at age 25, and annual mammogram with consideration of tomosynthesis starting at age 30; consider risk-reducing mastectomy. Ovarian cancer risk: …

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2020

ASCO Guideline: Genetic Testing for Ovarian Cancer

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recently published a guideline reinforcing the longstanding recommendation that all women diagnosed with epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) be offered genetic testing for hereditary ovarian cancer genes. Many of these women (>15%) have an inherited mutation, most commonly BRCA1 or BRCA2. Identifying BRCA1/2 mutations may help guide cancer treatment. …

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2020

BRCA1: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

Gene: BRCA1 Cancer Risks and Management (per NCCN version 3.2019): Women: Breast cancer risk: Elevated at 60%-70% – Recommend clinical breast exam every 6-12 months starting at age 25, annual breast MRI with contrast starting at age 25, and annual mammogram with consideration of tomosynthesis starting at age 30; consider risk-reducing mastectomy. Ovarian cancer risk: …

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2020

Treatment Patterns in Women with Inherited Breast Cancer

Results from a population-based study of over 20,000 women from SEER registries of Georgia and California diagnosed with stage 0 to stage III breast cancer between 2014 and 2016 tested for inherited breast cancer were recently published. Findings suggest that women who test positive for certain mutations receive certain patterns of treatment. These patterns of …

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2020

EPCAM: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

Gene: EPCAM Cancer Risks and Management (per NCCN version 3.2019): Women: Endometrial cancer risk: Elevated at 21%-57% – Consider risk-reducing hysterectomy. Ovarian cancer risk: Elevated at 10%-38% – Recommend risk-reducing bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes). Men and Women: Colorectal cancer risk: Elevated at 43%-52% – Recommend colonoscopy every 1-2 years starting at …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2020

Cancer Treatment in Childhood and Treatment-Associated Polyposis

Treatment-associated polyposis (TAP) should be considered in patients who develop many colon polyps after treatment for a childhood or young adulthood cancer but do not have an identified mutation in a hereditary cancer gene. A recent study reported that 35% of patients with TAP developed over 50 colorectal polyps, and 94% had multiple types of …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2020

PMS2: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

Gene: PMS2 Cancer Risks and Management (per NCCN version 3.2019): Women: Endometrial cancer risk: Elevated at 0%-15% – Consider risk-reducing hysterectomy. Men and Women: Colorectal cancer risk: Elevated at 12%-20% – Recommend colonoscopy every 1-2 years starting at age 20-25 Gastric cancer risk: Not well established – Consider upper endoscopy every 3-5 years beginning at …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2020

Study Based on ICARE Participants with ATM and CHEK2 Mutations

Women with ATM and CHEK2 mutations have a lifetime breast cancer risk greater than 20%, which is the threshold at which screening through a breast MRI is recommended. A recently published study based on ICARE participants with ATM and CHEK2 mutations suggested that most female family members of ATM and CHEK2 mutation carriers do not …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2020

MSH6: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

Gene: MSH6 Cancer Risks and Management (per NCCN version 3.2019): Women: Endometrial cancer risk: 17%-46% – Consider risk-reducing hysterectomy. Ovarian cancer risk: 1%-11% – Evidence is insufficient to make specific recommendations. Men and Women: Colorectal cancer risk: 15%-44% – Recommend colonoscopy every 1-2 years starting at age 20-25. Gastric cancer risk: 0%-5% – Consider upper …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2020

Polygenic Risk Score and Colon Cancer Risk

A Polygenic Risk Score (PRS) is calculated using genetic differences throughout someone’s DNA, in combination with clinical and family history of cancer. This score, alongside environmental and lifestyle risk factors, may help to identify people who might benefit from screening at an earlier age. Important facts about PRS: – It does NOT look for changes …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2020

MSH2: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

Gene: MSH2 Cancer Risks and Management (per NCCN version 3.2019): Women: Endometrial cancer risk: Elevated at 21%-57% – Consider risk-reducing hysterectomy. Ovarian cancer risk: Elevated at 10%-38% – Recommend risk-reducing bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes). Men and Women: Colorectal cancer risk: Elevated at 43%-52% – Recommend colonoscopy every 1-2 years starting at …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2020

Colon Cancer and Polyp Risks

New colon cancer and polyposis genes recently identified include NTHL1, POLE, POLD1, MSH3, and RNF43. Previous studies suggest these genes raise the risk for colon cancer and polyposis; however, recent data suggest that environmental factors may also play an important role in risk. Ultimately, these genes account for a very small fraction of polyposis cases. …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2020

MLH1: Cancer Risks and Risk Management

Gene: MLH1 Cancer Risks and Management (per NCCN version 3.2019): Women: Endometrial cancer risk: Elevated at 43%-57% – Consider risk-reducing hysterectomy. Ovarian cancer risk: Elevated at 5%-20% – Recommend risk-reducing bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes). Breast cancer risk: Elevated at 12%-17% – Manage same as general population. Men and Women: Colorectal cancer …

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2020

Advances in Treatment: Plexiform Neurofibromas in NF1

The FDA has granted a breakthrough therapy designation to selumetinib, a MEK inhibitor, for treatment of inoperable plexiform neurofibromas. These types of neurofibromas are almost exclusively seen in individuals with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). These plexiform neurofibromas are benign tumors on the nerve sheaths and can develop anywhere in the body. These tumors typically cause …

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2020

Genetic Testing in Tumors versus Genetic Testing for Cancer Risk

There are different types of genetic/DNA tests offered to patients with cancer: 1) Tumor tests, mainly done to guide cancer treatment. 2) Blood or saliva tests (on normal DNA that individual was born with) to identify inherited cancer predisposition, which may also guide cancer treatment in some instances. Genetic testing of the tumor detects mutations …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2020

Community Spotlight

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2018 and was found to be PALB2+. The PALB2 gene had not been tested for when my older sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and had genetic testing done four years earlier. This was new! My cancer was very similar to my sister’s, but being PALB2+ changed …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2020

Treatment Advances Among Those with Inherited Prostate Cancer Predisposition

A recent study reported a high complete response rate among men with a BRCA1/2 mutation with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer who were treated with niraparib (a PARP inhibitor) of 63% compared to 17% in the non-BRCA1/2 group.1 Based on this data, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) granted breakthrough therapy designation to niraparib on October 3, …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2020

New Study Based on ICARE Participants with ATM & CHEK2 Mutations

We are excited to tell you about our recently published results based solely on data from ICARE participants with ATM and CHEK2 mutations. Our findings suggest most female family members of ATM and CHEK2 mutation carriers do not qualify for breast MRI screening based on family cancer history alone. This emphasizes the need to share …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2020

Treatment Advances Among Those with Inherited Pancreatic Cancer Predisposition

Results from a recent study showed olaparib (a PARP inhibitor) nearly doubled the progression-free survival in BRCA1/2 carriers with metastatic pancreatic cancer.1 Based on this data, the FDA approved the use of olaparib as a first-line maintenance treatment in BRCA1/2 carriers with metastatic, platinum-sensitive pancreatic cancer. This represents another treatment advance in pancreatic cancer and …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2020

PALB2 Mutations & Cancer Risk

A newly published study of 524 families with pathogenic PALB2 mutations from around the world, including almost 50 ICARE participants, represents the largest, most comprehensive effort to evaluate cancer risks.1 Results showed increased risks for female breast cancer (53%), ovarian cancer (5%), pancreatic cancer (2-3%), and male breast cancer (1%). Findings did not suggest higher …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2020

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

There were significant updates and restructuring of the guidelines, with some highlights included below: Substantial reorganization of the guidelines as follows: Now organized by organ site, rather than primarily by certain high penetrance genes Focused efforts to simplify genetic testing criteria Only one flow diagram included, to outline the ‘genetic testing process’ Following scenarios now …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2020

Updated Pancreatic Cancer Screening Guidelines through CAPS Consortium

The International Cancer of the Pancreas Screening (CAPS) Consortium recently published updated recommendations about pancreatic cancer screening through MRI/magnetic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) and/or an endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).1 Specifically, these guidelines now recommend that individuals with a CDKN2A or STK11 mutation begin screening at age 40. Screening for individuals with a BRCA1/2, ATM, PALB2, MLH1, or …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2020

Ask the Expert

Through each newsletter, we give our participants an opportunity to have their questions answered by experts. If you have a question you would like addressed, please email the study team at ICARE@InheritedCancer.net for consideration in future newsletters. The following question was addressed by Ben Ho Park, MD, PhD, who is the Donna S. Hall Chair …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2020

Lynch Syndrome Cancer Risks Across Genes

A worldwide study reporting on cancer risks among individuals with mutations in Lynch syndrome genes showed that there are substantial differences in cancer risks across the various genes.1 Specifically, the risk for colorectal cancer in those with  MLH1, MSH2, and MSH6 mutations was substantially higher than what was seen for those with PMS2 mutations. Additionally, …

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PMS2 and MSH6 Colorectal Cancer Risks

Individuals with Lynch syndrome have an increased risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) and other cancers. The level of CRC risk is different based on which gene they have a mutation in. Of note, MLH1 and MSH2 carriers have the highest risk of colorectal cancer, generally in the range of 43%-52% by age 70. A recent …

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Ovarian Cancer Risks in BRCA1/2

The risk of ovarian cancer is raised in women with BRCA1/2 mutations. Recent findings suggest that higher body mass index (BMI) may further raise the risk of ovarian cancer in premenopausal BRCA1/2 carriers. Note that all women with BRCA1/2 mutations are at high risk for ovarian cancer, and should follow current National Comprehensive Cancer Network …

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Characteristics and Patterns of Spread for BRCA-associated Breast Cancers

BRCA1/2 have distinct characteristics and patterns of spread. A recent study evaluated the characteristics of BRCA1/2 carriers and found that 73% ofBRCA1-associated breast cancers were triple negative; and 72% of BRCA2-associated breast cancers were hormone receptor positive. There were also distinct pattern of spread of breast cancer, with BRCA1 carriers more likely to experience lung …

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Medication Use for Risk Reduction

Based on studies that show benefits of estrogen and androgen blockers in reducing breast cancer risk in high-risk women, the United States Preventative Service Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians offer risk-reducing medications to women at increased risk for breast cancer; however, they recommend against routine use of these medications in average-risk women. Hormone receptor …

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Lynch Syndrome Cancer Risks Across Genes

A worldwide study suggests that risks for cancers for the various Lynch syndrome genes have some differences. The risk of colorectal cancer for those with a mutation in the MLH1, MSH2 and MSH6 genes is higher than what is seen for carriers of a PMS2 mutation. Additionally, men with MSH2 gene mutations have a higher …

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Differences in Pancreatic Cancer Screening Recommendations from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the International Cancer of the Pancreas Screening (CAPS) Consortium

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the International Cancer of the Pancreas Screening (CAPS) Consortium recently updated pancreatic cancer screening recommendations. However, there are some differences between these recommendations. Specifically, screening with annual MRI/magnetic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) and/or endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is recommended as follows for NCCN versus CAPS: STK11 regardless of family history: …

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Updated Pancreatic Cancer Screening Guidelines through the International Cancer of the Pancreas Screening (CAPS) Consortium

The International Cancer of the Pancreas Screening (CAPS) Consortium recently published updated pancreatic cancer screening recommendations. The recommendations include: Screening with MRI/magnetic retrograde cholangiopancreaography (MRCP) and/or endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) The screening was recommended for the following individuals: CDKN2A and STK11 mutation carriers starting at age 40 BRCA1/2, ATM, PALB2, MLH1, and MSH2 mutation carriers (if …

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Advances in Treatment for Lynch Syndrome-Related Endometrial Cancer

A recent phase II study showed increased response to an immunotherapy drug (avelumab), in women with endometrial cancer with mismatch repair deficiency. Among women with Lynch Syndrome, the risk for endometrial cancer (which often has mismatch repair deficiency) is raised. This new study shows promising treatment options for women with endometrial cancer and Lynch syndrome …

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2020

New Gene: DUOX2

DUOX2 represents a newly identified gene that might predispose patients to thyroid cancer (specifically, ‘non-medullary’ thyroid cancer). The specific gene change (or ‘mutation’) that leads to thyroid cancer predisposition is known as Y1203H Additional studies are needed to confirm this association. Check it out at ASCO Post: https://tinyurl.com/sw3ew63 𝐨𝐫 you can access the article at …

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New Gene: RABL3

About 10% of pancreatic cancers are thought to be the result of an inherited mutation. All of the genes that predispose patients to pancreatic cancers have not yet been discovered. Recently, a new gene known as RABL3 was linked to pancreatic cancer. This gene may increase the risk of hereditary pancreatic cancer. Additional studies are …

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Ovarian Cancer Screening in BRCA1 Carriers

A new study of Polish BRCA1 carriers showed that screening through transvaginal ultrasound was not effective or  reliable in detecting ovarian cancer early. Consequently, preventive oophorectomy remains the only proven method to lower ovarian cancer risks and increase survival. Check out the article at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31500890. Check out the NCCN ovarian cancer screening recommendations for BRCA1 …

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Racial Disparities in Genetic Testing for Women with Ovarian Cancer

Women of non-European ancestry diagnosed with ovarian cancer have lower rates of referral for genetic testing despite current national guidelines stating ALL women with ovarian cancer and/or a close-blood relative with ovarian cancer should be offered genetic counseling and testing. One study reported that only 1/3 of Black, Latina, and Asian women were referred for …

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Polygenic Risk Scores

A Polygenic Risk Score (PRS) is calculated using genetic differences throughout someone’s DNA, in combination with clinical and family history of cancer. This unique type of score may be utilized to calculate the lifetime risk of breast cancer. Important facts about PRS’s: Different from BRCA1/2 testing, which look for changes in these specific genes Should …

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Women with BRCA1/2: Risk-reducing Mastectomy versus Screening

In a study of 5000 healthy female BRCA1/2 carriers (without a breast cancer diagnosis): BRCA1 carriers: after an average of over 10 years follow-up, survival was higher in those who had bilateral mastectomy (99.7%) compared to those who had breast screening through mammograms and breast MRIs (93%). BRCA2 carriers: no significant differences were seen between …

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Celebrating 10 Years of ICARE

  Happy New Year! 2020 represents a decade for ICARE We are celebrating 10 years of research, education, and engagement, through which we have enrolled nearly 3500 participants, including over 2000 gene mutation carriers, disseminated 15 newsletters, led and collaborated on multiple research projects, and impacted individuals affected by inherited cancer predisposition all over the …

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Advances in Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer in BRCA Carriers

The FDA approved the use of olaparib, a PARP inhibitor, as first-line maintenance treatment in BRCA1/2 carriers with metastatic, platinum-sensitive, pancreatic cancer. Platinum-sensitive cancer is a cancer that responds to treatment with drugs that contain the metal platinum, such as carboplatin or cisplatin. Olaparib showed to nearly double the progression-free survival in BRCA1/2 carriers with …

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Evaluation of PARP Inhibitors in BRCA-Associated Prostate Cancer

The FDA granted breakthrough therapy designation to niraparib (a PARP inhibitor) for the treatment of men with BRCA1/2 positive, metastatic castration-resistant, and heavily pre-treated prostate cancer. Results from a recent study show a 63% complete response rate in men with BRCA1/2 positive, metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer treated with niraparib compared to 17% in the non- …

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PALB2 Mutations and Cancer Risk

A new published study of 524 families with PALB2 mutations, including our very own ICARE participants, from around the world showed increased risks of female breast, ovarian, pancreatic, and male breast cancer. The level of risk for female breast cancer is enough to recommend cancer risk management. Cancer risk management includes screening or risk-reducing surgery. …

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American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics: Points-to-Consider Document: “Is there Evidence to Support BRCA1/2 and Other Inherited Breast Cancer Genetic Testing for all Breast Cancer Patients?”

                    The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) put forth a Points-to-Consider document: “Is there Evidence to Support BRCA1/2 and Other Inherited Breast Cancer Genetic Testing for all Breast Cancer Patients?” The document discusses: 1) Current data to support testing in breast cancer patients …

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Patient Reported Outcomes In A Study of PARP Inhibitors in BRCA Carriers with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Did you know? PROs are impacting treatment advances in metastatic breast cancer. Olaparib increased progression-free survival among BRCA carriers with metastatic HER2- breast cancer. Thanks to patient reported outcomes, a new study now suggests it also improved patients’ quality of life! Check it out the new article published in October 2019 directly at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31446213!

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Updates to National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Genetic/Familial Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic Guidelines (V1.2020)

We are excited to share the latest version of the NCCN Genetic/Familial Breast, Ovarian and Pancreatic Guidelines (V1.2020), which were just updated. Some of the changes made include: PALB2 was added as a high penetrance gene (similar to BRCA1, BRCA2, CDH1, PTEN and TP53) It is appropriate to consider risk reducing mastectomy for cancer risk management …

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Explaining Patient Reported Outcomes

The National Quality Forum defines patient reported outcomes (PROs) as “any report of the status of a patient’s health condition that comes directly from the patient.” PROs have the potential to increase overall outcomes and care process and enhance patient and family centered care.

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Educational Resources: The Family Link Between Breast and Ovarian Cancer in Black Women

The differences seen in access to healthcare across different racial groups are known as health disparities. To address the gap in awareness, we have pursued efforts to raise awareness about inherited breast cancer among African Americans. We are excited to introduce you to another invaluable resource, the Breast Cancer Genetics Research and Education for African American …

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High Frequency of BRCA in Unselected Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Did you know? National practice guidelines currently recommend ALL women with metastatic (HER2-) breast cancer to get genetic testing for inherited cancer (including BRCA1/2 testing), because it can guide eligibility for treatment with PARP inhibitors. A new study led by our colleague at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Dr. Ben Park, suggests that more women with …

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2019

Lifestyle Factors Associated with Familial and Inherited Breast Cancer Risks

Body mass index (BMI) is an indicator of fat content in the body. A lower body mass index may reduce breast cancer risk in women, including those with a family history of breast cancer. However, a new study reported that higher BMI also increases breast cancer risk in the general population and those with a …

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Physical Activity Associated with Familial and Inherited Breast Cancer Risks

BRCA1/2 carriers may benefit from physical activity to reduce breast cancer risks, just like women in the general population! We know that women in the general population benefit from physical activity to reduce their breast cancer risk, but a recent study showed that this benefit also extends to those with a BRCA1/2 mutation and those with …

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BRCA Testing In Black Women

Did you know? Although BRCA testing has been around for over TWO decades, not all populations have benefitted equally from testing. In fact, our previous research has shown that black patients are less aware of BUT interested in genetic testing…when they know about it. In addition, healthcare providers are less likely to identify and suggest …

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2019

Inherited Breast Cancer Among Latina Women

Latina women are at risk for inherited breast cancer: Breast cancer mortality rates are higher among Latina women compared to non-Hispanic White women. Latina women also have a higher prevalence of triple-negative breast cancer when compared to with non-Hispanic White women. Latina women are diagnosed with breast cancer at earlier ages, 56 years versus 63 …

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Advances in Treatment for Advanced Breast Cancer in BRCA Carriers

Monotherapy with PARP inhibitors is FDA-approved for patients with metastatic breast cancer with BRCA mutations. BUT, does adding additional drugs (called ‘combination therapy’) help? In BRCA carriers with metastatic breast cancer, the combination of veliparib AND chemotherapy with platinum-based agents (carboplatin) and taxanes (paclitaxel) led to a longer duration of progression free survival (disease that …

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Advances in Early Stage Breast Cancer Treatment for BRCA Carriers

New benefits from a PARP inhibitor, talazoparib, among BRCA carriers with early stage breast cancer. The current FDA approvals for the use of PARP inhibitors is limited to women with metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer. These drugs are being tested in early stage breast cancer to shrink down the tumor (called neoadjuvant treatment) before surgery …

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Male Breast Cancer Risk

Did you know? Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles, was diagnosed with breast cancer. He states, “we used to think this was only an issue for women, but this is male or female.” According to CBS news, “he is hoping that sharing his story as man with breast cancer will shine a light on the risk men …

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Family Sharing Resources: GeneSHARE

With the tremendous advances in gene-based care among those with inherited cancer risk, we are trying to develop tools and strategies to make it easier for more people to benefit from genetic education and testing. We are proud to introduce you to GeneSHARE, a free online toolkit for YOU, to help share positive test results …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2019

Ask the Expert

The following question was addressed by Gillian Hooker, PhD, ScM, LCGC, who is the president-elect for the National Society of Genetic Counselors, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Division of Genetic Medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the Vice President of Clinical Development for Concert Genetics in Nashville, TN. Q. Why was the BRCA1/2 …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2019

Updates to National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Colorectal Guidelines

(Version 1.2019, posted July 3, 2019) For Individuals with Lynch Syndrome: The cancer risk table was updated: Addition of new cancer risks by specific genes: breast and bladder cancers Updates of cancer risks by specific genes: ovarian, prostate, gastric, pancreatic, urothelial, small bowel, and brain/CNS cancers Removal of reference to sebaceous neoplasms Recommendations for cancer …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2019

Ovarian Cancer Treatment Advances for BRCA1/2 Carriers

A recently reported study of women with ovarian cancer and homologous recombination deficiency (HRD) who received a PARP inhibitor (niraparib) as fourth line or later treatment showed potential clinical benefit. Specifically, median overall survival after treatment was 19 months in the HRD-positive group (including those with BRCA1/2 mutations) compared to 15.5 months in the HRD-negative …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2019

New Information About Cancer Risks for Inherited Cancer Genes: BRCA1/2

Looking at pregnancy history and breast cancer risk, a recent study of almost 8,000 women with BRCA1/2 mutations evaluated breast cancer risks related to pregnancy.1 Findings suggested the overall number of pregnancies was not associated with breast cancer risk in BRCA1 carriers; however, BRCA1 carriers with one pregnancy were at higher risk for breast cancer …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2019

Community Spotlight

Life was great at 45. I had nothing more than a few headaches and was a tad overweight. After a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, I realized I had not had a mammogram in a couple of years, so I scheduled an appointment. One mass was found, but it was benign and nothing to …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2019

Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Advances for BRCA1/2 Carriers

Results from a clinical trial of individuals with a BRCA1/2 mutation and pancreatic cancer showed that patients who received a PARP inhibitor (olaparib) for maintenance treatment had almost half the risk of their disease progressing when compared to receiving a placebo.1 In fact, after 2 years, 22.1% of patients who received olaparib had no disease …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2019

New Information About Cancer Risks for Inherited Cancer Genes: CHEK2