Hereditary Cancer and Genetic Testing

Genetic testing benefits for people diagnosed with breast cancer

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, genetic testing may provide the following information and benefit:

  • If you have metastatic breast cancer and test positive for a BRCA mutation, you may be eligible for treatment with a targeted therapy (e.g., Lynparza or Talzenna). 
  • If you have been diagnosed with earlier stage cancer, testing may effect your treatment decisions such as choice of surgery or chemotherapy.
  • Test results may make you eligible for certain clinical trials and research studies.
  • The test can help you understand your risk for a new cancer diagnosis and options for managing your risk.
  • Test results can help your relatives understand their risk for cancer and take actions to stay healthy.


Last updated July 20, 2020