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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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