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Hereditary cancers are different from sporadic cancers in ways that could effect treatment choices. Anyone who is diagnosed with cancer and who has a family history of cancer or meetsnational guidelines for genetic evaluation should consult with a genetics expert soon after diagnosis. If you are concerned that the cancer in your family is hereditary and you have not been referred for genetic counseling, visit our section on finding a genetics expert.
Some treatment decisions that may be influenced by genetic test results include: