Genetic causes of hereditary pancreatic cancer: BRCA and beyond

An update on hereditary pancreatic cancer presented at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting covered genes and lifetime risk. The update emphasized that all pancreatic cancer patients should be offered genetic counseling and testing. Genetic test results may impact treatment, screening for other cancers and risk to family members. (11/26/19)

Expert Guidelines

Genetic Counseling and Testing Guidelines:

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and The American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) recommend that all patients who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer be offered genetic counseling and testing.  

Pancreatic cancer screening Guidelines:

While numerous studies in the past have found no benefit (or an unclear benefit) to screening the general population for pancreatic cancer, recent research indicates that it is beneficial to screen people at higher risk.

International Cancer of the Pancreas Screening Consortium guidelines

American College of Gastroenterology guidelines:

Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider

Open Clinical Trials

Studies enrolling people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

Studies enrolling people at high risk for pancreatic cancer





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.