Tag: Genetic Testing

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 July 2023

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

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

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2023

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

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

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2023

Inherited Gene Mutation in Those with Multiple Primary Cancers

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

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2023

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

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

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ICARE Featured Video April 2023

Tumor Testing & Germline Significance

Below you may watch a featured video from the April 2023 Genetics Case Conference, which focused on tumor testing and germline significance with guest expert Ben Ho Park, MD, PhD from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2023

Applying the Framework for Interventions to Increase Family Communication

A new study ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ used the Framework for Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions (FDECI) to evaluate an intervention to improve family communication of positive genetic test results for inherited cancer. The first FDECI phases were beneficial for improving the intervention and planning for continual effectiveness and future implementation phases. Use the link in …

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2023

Community Spotlight

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

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2023

Lynch Syndrome: Colorectal Cancer Risks Revisited

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

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Other Cancer Genetics Webinar April 2023

Communicating about Inherited Cancer Risk, Uncertainty, and Decision Making

Below you may watch an exciting presentation about communicating about inherited cancer risk, uncertainty, and decision making by Marleah Dean Kruzel, PhD from the University of South Florida.

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2023

Inherited Cancer Testing: Pheochromocytoma & Paraganglioma

Because of the high frequency of mutations found in individuals with pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma, these individuals are advised to consider genetic testing for inherited cancer.Use the link in our bio to learn more!โ  Reference: Yip, et al. JAMA Surg. 2022;157 (10):870-877. PMID: 35976622

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2023

Metachronous Colorectal Cancer in Lynch Syndrome

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

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2023

New gene alert: MBD4

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

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ICARE Social Media Post 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:โ€ข Cancer treatment plans, such as chemotherapy, drugs, surgery, and radiationโ€ข Cancer screening and prevention Sharing genetic test results can also help family members understand their cancer risks.โ 

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2022ย 

ย Reducing Hereditary Cancer Act of 2021ย 

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

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ICARE Newsletter Spring 2022ย 

ย Community Spotlightย 

Genetic testing sounded like a futuristic concept when it originally came to our attention. It sounded something to the likes of cloning. We didnโ€™t really understand what it was and why it was important, but rather thought it sounded like something out of science fiction. Thankfully, our medical providers and genetic counselors stuck with us …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2022ย 

ย Community Spotlightย 

When I was just 8 years old my mother was diagnosed with a very aggressive breast cancer. I didnโ€™t reallyunderstand the concept of cancer at that age, but I knew what was happening was terrible. After manysurgeries and treatments, she passed away 2 years later at the age of 35. There was no hereditary cancertesting …

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2021ย 

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

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

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2021ย 

Reducing Hereditary Cancer Act of 2021 ย 

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

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ICARE Newsletter Fall 2021ย 

Community Spotlight

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

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Newsletter Fall 2021

Updates to NCCN Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment

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

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2022

Negative or Uninformative Test Results

A new study demonstrates the importance of retesting patients with previously uninformative cancer genetics evaluations, especially in high risk individuals. Read the full article at the link in our bio for more info! ๐Ÿ”—โ  Reference: Dettwyler et al. Fam Cancer. 2022; DOI: 10.1007/s10689-021-00276-8. PMID: 34545504

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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:โ€ข an …

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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 โ‰ค 45 to โ‰ค 50 making more females with breast cancer eligible for testing regardless of family history …

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ICARE Featured Video June 2022

Updates on BRCA1 Variants of Uncertain Significance

Below you may watch a featured video from the June 2022 Genetics Case Conference focused on updates on BRCA1 variants of uncertain significance with guest expert Alvaro Monteiro, PhD.

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ICARE Featured Video May 2022

CanVar: A Robust Variant Curation Tool Developed in the UK

Below you may watch a featured video from the May 2022 Genetics Case Conference focused on CanVar with guest expert Clare Turnbull, MD, PhD.

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Other Cancer Genetics Webinar May 2022

Addressing Global Implementation of Genomic Cancer Risk Assessment

Below you may watch an exciting presentation by Jeffrey Weitzel, MD, in which he discusses global implementation of genomic cancer risk assessment.

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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 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 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 ๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜›๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต. This article outlines the importance of genetic services and follow-up care for hereditary breast cancer, as well as …

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ICARE Featured Video January 2022

JScreen: At-Home Genetic Testing and Education

Below you may watch a featured video from the January 2022 Genetics Case Conference, in which Estie Rose, MS, LCGC presented on JScreen, a non-profit offering genetic testing and education.

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2021

Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Cancer Risks

โ€ข 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.R282โ€ข 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.R342Pโ€ข One variant was exclusively found in patients with attenuated Li-Fraumeni …

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ICARE Featured Video October 2021

SMARCA4

Below you may watch a featured video from the October 2021 Genetics Case Conference, which focused on SMARCA4 with guest expert William Foulkes, MBBS, PhD from McGill University.

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2021

USA Today Article: Fighting Cancer with Your Own Family History

Check out the full ๐˜œ๐˜š๐˜ˆ ๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ 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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Other Cancer Genetics Webinar September 2021

Genetic Counseling in the Context of Paired Germline/Somatic Testing

Below you may watch an exciting presentation about germline and tumor testing for ovarian cancer by Leigha-Senter Jamieson, MS, CGC from The Ohio State University, in which she considers how the role of genetic counselors may expand to support patients in partnership with treating gynecologic oncologists.

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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/โ€ฆ/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 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 Featured Video June 2021

PALB2

Below you may watch a featured video from the June 2021 Genetics Case Conference, which focused on PALB2 with guest experts Marc Tischkowitz, MD, PhD from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England and Steven Narod, MD, FRCPC, FRSC from the Women’s College Research Institute in Toronto, Canada.

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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 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 (๐˜—๐˜ˆ๐˜“๐˜‰2, ๐˜”๐˜ˆ๐˜Ÿ, and ๐˜›๐˜”๐˜Œ๐˜”127) to bring the total number of inherited cancer genes to 28. For more information …

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2021

Direct-to-Consumer Tests

For additional information, view the BMJ article available at: ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n214

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2021

Reducing Hereditary Cancer Act

The ๐™๐™š๐™™๐™ช๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ƒ๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š๐™ง ๐˜ผ๐™˜๐™ฉ 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 Featured Video April 2021

Multiple Primary Tumors

Below you may watch a featured video from the April 2021 Genetics Case Conference, which focused on multiple primary tumors with guest expert James Whitworth, MD, PhD from the University of Cambridge.

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ICARE Featured Video February 2021

DICER1

Below you may watch a featured video from the February 2021 Genetics Case Conference, which focused on DICER1 with guest expert Douglas Stewart, MD from the National Cancer Institute.

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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

Learning You Have a Mutation in an Inherited Cancer Gene: Whatโ€™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

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 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 ๐˜Œ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ด, 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 Featured Video January 2021

Tumor Testing/Germline Significance

Below you may watch a featured video from the January 2021 Genetics Case Conference, which focused on tumor testing/germline significance with guest expert Ben Ho Park, MD, PhD from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.    

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2021

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

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

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ICARE Publication January 2021

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

Abstract To address the increasing demand for inherited cancer genetic testing, we developed and evaluated a web-based educational tool to streamline genetic counseling (GC). Consented patients viewed the initial prototype containing core content (Version 1-Core) and provided feedback through three open-ended survey questions. Additional data were collected through individual interviews from a subgroup who viewed …

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ICARE Publication January 2021

Sharing genetic test results with family members of BRCA, PALB2, CHEK2, and ATM carriers

Abstract Objective: This study explored motivators and challenges/barriers to sharing personal genetic test results (GTR) with family members (FM). Methods: Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted with 62 women who had a pathogenic or likely pathogenic (P/LP) variant in a BRCA, PALB2, CHEK2, or ATM gene. Selective qualitative data analysis focused on eliciting motivators and challenges/barriers …

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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 ๐˜ฝ๐™๐˜พ๐˜ผ1 or ๐˜ฝ๐™๐˜พ๐˜ผ2. 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 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

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 Publication November 2020

Family communication of genetic test results among women with inherited breast cancer genes

Abstract Identification of inherited breast cancer may guide care. These benefits can be amplified through communication of genetic test results with at-risk family members and subsequent family testing (FT). Females with a pathogenic/likely pathogenic (P/LP) variant in BRCA1/2, PALB2, CHEK2, and/or ATM were surveyed about family communication (FC) of genetic test results and FT. Comparisons …

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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 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 Publication September 2020

Strategies to enhance identification of hereditary breast cancer gene carriers

No abstract available Reid S, et al. Strategies to enhance identification of hereditary breast cancer gene carriers. Expert Rev Mol Diagn. 2020 Sep; 20(9):861-865. Epub 2020 Sep 11. PMID: 32856489. 

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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

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

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 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

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 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. โฃโฃ โฃโฃ 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 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 Featured Video July 2020

BAP1

Below you may watch a featured video from the July 2020 Genetics Case Conference, which focused on BAP1 with guest expert Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Rahman from The Ohio State University.     To learn more about the BAP1 study, please click here. To refer your patients to the BAP1 study, please contact The Ohio State University BAP1 …

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ICARE Publication July 2020

Update on multi-gene panel testing and communication of genetic test results

Abstract With technological advances, multi-gene panel testing has become increasingly used to identify patients at risk for hereditary breast cancer (HBC). There are currently evidence-based interventions and breast cancer screening strategies that exist for cancer prevention and early detection among patients with HBC. Moreover, in addition to the personal impact of identifying HBC, this information …

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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) โ€“ 1.76 fold higher Second-degree relative (e.g., aunts, uncles, grandparents) …

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ICARE Publication July 2020

A Web-Based Tool to Automate Portions of Pretest Genetic Counseling for Inherited Cancer

Abstract Background: Increasing demand for genetic testing for inherited cancer risk coupled with a shortage of providers trained in genetics highlight the potential for automated tools embedded in the clinic process to meet this demand. We developed and tested a scalable, easy-to-use, 12-minute web-based educational tool that included standard pretest genetic counseling elements related to …

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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 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 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

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 Publication February 2020

Disparities in BRCA counseling across providers in a diverse population of young breast cancer survivors

Abstract Purpose: All women diagnosed with breast cancer (BC) โ‰คage 50 should be referred for genetic counseling (GC) and testing. We sought to compare differences in provider practices and access across a racially and ethnically diverse population of young BC survivors. Methods: A registry-based sample of women diagnosed with invasive BC โ‰คage 50 from 2009 to 2012 …

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2020

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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ICARE Social Media Post January 2020

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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ICARE Publication January 2020

The big reveal: Family disclosure patterns of BRCA genetic test results among young Black women with invasive breast cancer

Abstract Despite higher incidence and mortality of breast cancer among younger Black women, genetic testing outcomes remain severely understudied among Blacks. Past research on disclosure of genetic testing results to family members has disproportionately focused on White, educated, high socioeconomic status women. This study addresses this gap in knowledge by assessing (a) to whom Black …

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2019

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

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

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ICARE Publication December 2019

Points to consider: is there evidence to support BRCA1/2 and other inherited breast cancer genetic testing for all breast cancer patients? A statement of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG)

No abstract available Pal T, et al. Points to consider: is there evidence to support BRCA1/2 and other inherited breast cancer genetic testing for all breast cancer patients? A statement of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG). Genet Med. 2020 Apr;22(4):681-685. Epub 2019 Dec 13. PMID: 33455826.

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2019

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

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 testingโ€ฆwhen 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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ICARE Social Media Post October 2019

Male Breast Cancer Risk

Did you know? Beyonceโ€™s father, Matthew Knowles, was diagnosed with breast cancer. He states, โ€œwe used to think this was only an issue for women, but this is male or female.โ€ According to CBS news, โ€œhe is hoping that sharing his story as man with breast cancer will shine a light on the risk men …

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ICARE Publication April 2019

A randomized controlled intervention to promote readiness to genetic counseling for breast cancer survivors

Abstract Objective: Breast cancer (BC) survivors with a genetic mutation are at higher risk for subsequent cancer; knowing genetic risk status could help survivors make decisions about follow-up screening. Uptake of genetic counseling and testing (GC/GT) to determine BRCA status is low among high risk BC survivors. This study assessed feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of …

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ICARE Publication January 2019

Genetic Testing Across Young Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White Breast Cancer Survivors: Facilitators, Barriers, and Awareness of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

Abstract Aims: This study compared facilitators and barriers to genetic testing and determined awareness about the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) across young Hispanic and non-Hispanic white (NHW) breast cancer (BC) survivors. Materials and methods: Women diagnosed with BC of age โ‰ค50 years in 2009-2012 were recruited through the Florida State Cancer Registry to complete a questionnaire. …

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