Hereditary Cancer and Genetic Testing

Genetic testing benefits for people diagnosed with colorectal cancer

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

  • If you test positive for a mutation an inherited mutation in EPCAMMLH1MSH2MSH6 or PMS2, you may be eligible for treatment with an immunotherapy agent.
  • Test results may make you eligible for clinical trials
  • Testing can help you understand your risk for a new cancer diagnosis and options for managing your risk.
  • Your test results can help your relatives understand their risk for cancer and take actions to stay healthy.
Last updated July 20, 2020