Knowing about an inherited BRCA mutation improves outcomes for women with breast cancer
Full article: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/article-abstract/2768011
Inherited mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are linked to a high lifetime risk of breast and other cancers. This study shows that women who know that they have a BRCA mutation before they are diagnosed with breast cancer have improved outcomes including diagnosis at earlier stages and improved overall survival. (10/26/20)
Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider
- Should I consider genetic testing for inherited mutations in BRCA or other breast cancer genes?
- How do I get a referral for genetic counseling and genetic testing?
- If I know that I have an inherited BRCA mutation, what would you recommend regarding surveillance and preventive options?
- Would you recommend screening with MRI instead of or in combination with mammography?
- If I know that I have an inherited BRCA mutation, what would you recommend for treatment of my breast cancer?
Open Clinical Trials
Below are clinical trials that include genetic counseling and testing.
Other genetic counseling or testing studies may be found here.
FORCE is a national nonprofit organization, established in 1999. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by adult hereditary cancers.