Tag: Genetic Test Results

ICARE Newsletter Spring 2024

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

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

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2023

UK Recommendations for: Inherited Ovarian Cancer Genes

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

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ICARE Social Media Post February 2023

Why is learning about inherited cancer important to guide care?

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

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ICARE Social Media Post 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 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

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 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 Featured Video May 2020

Variant Classification

Below you may watch a featured video from the May 2020 Genetics Case Conference, which focused on deciphering variant reports and classification with guest expert Dr. Rebecca Smith from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.    

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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 Social Media Post September 2019

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 Winter 2019

Ask the Expert

The following 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 Clinical and Translational Hereditary Cancer Program for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Q. What are …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2019

Testing Interpretation and Variant Reclassification

Results of germline genetic testing generally yield three types of test results: Deleterious (positive), Negative (no mutation detected), and Variant of Uncertain Significance (VUS). As more genes are tested, the chance for a positive result goes up, as does the chance of receiving a VUS result.1 VUS results tell us that it remains uncertain whether …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2017

Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risks Among BRCA Carriers Followed Over Time

Findings from an international study of over 6000 women with a BRCA1 mutation and almost 4000 women with a BRCA2 mutation followed for an average of 5 years were recently published.1 Results showed the risk of breast cancer by age 80 was ~70% for both BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers. Rates of breast cancer increased until …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2017

How Does Having a Mother with Breast Cancer and a BRCA Mutation Affect Adolescent Girls?

A recent study compared psychosocial adjustment and risk perception among 11 to 19 year old daughters of women with breast cancer, comparing those with a BRCA mutation versus those without.1 The overall findings from the study were reassuring, suggesting that adolescent girls from BRCA-positive families had higher self-esteem and similar psychosocial adjustment compared to their …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2016

CHEK2 *1100delC Mutation Carriers: Breast Cancer Risk by Age and Tumor Type and Other Associated Cancer Risks

The CHEK2 *1100delC mutation is the most common “truncating” mutation (causing a shortened protein) in the CHEK2 gene among Europeans, with lifetime breast cancer risk in the range of 20-30% among female carriers. Results of data pooled from over 30 studies which included 40,000 breast cancer cases and 40,000 controls, showed that estrogen receptor (ER) …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2016

The Importance of Sharing Genetic Test Results with Family Members

Once an individual has had genetic testing for inherited cancer predisposition this information could help their close family members.  For example, when a BRCA mutation or a mutation in another inherited cancer gene is found, it is important for close family members (with or without a diagnosis of cancer) to know so they too can …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2015

Location and Type of BRCA1/2 Mutation May Impact Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risks

A study of almost 20,000 BRCA1 carriers and 12,000 BRCA2 carriers demonstrated differences in breast and ovarian cancer risks depending on the location and type of mutation. Although all regions are associated with increased risk for breast and ovarian cancers among BRCA1/2 carriers, there were specific regions that were associated with even higher cancer risks. …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2013

Sharing BRCA Test Results with Adolescent and Young Adult Children—What Does the Latest Research Show?

While there are specific recommendations against BRCA testing for minors,1 guidelines are less clear about whether parents should share their own test results with their children. Because there are no recommended surveillance or risk reduction options prior to age 25 for known BRCA mutation carriers, there has been debate about balancing the benefits of sharing …

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2013

Ask the Expert

The following question was addressed by Dr. Lora Thompson, a Clinical Psychologist at the Moffitt Cancer Center:                                                             Q. How do I talk to family members about my genetic test results? A. The ability to share risk information with family members is a common reason why many individuals undergo genetic testing. Family members may feel appreciative …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2012

Emerging Cancer Panels for Testing Patients for Inherited Cancer Predisposition

Genetic testing for inherited cancer predisposition is typically performed by testing for one condition at a time. However, with the tremendous advances in genetic testing technologies over the last few years, the cost of testing has plummeted. To put this into perspective, the first human genome cost 2-3 billion dollars to sequence and took over …

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ICARE Newsletter Summer 2011

Ask the Expert

We are fortunate to have Dr.  Alvaro Monteiro, who is a molecular geneticist and expert on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, as a member of our team. For our first ICARE newsletter, Dr. Monteiro teaches us about Variants of Uncertain Significance. Q. What is a Variant of Uncertain Significance (VUS) test result? How do researchers …

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