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Who Should Consider Testing?

Learn about genes and cancer, signs of hereditary cancer, genetic counseling, types of genetic tests and what results mean for you and your family.

Genetic testing for people with metastatic breast cancer

People who have been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer may benefit from genetic testing to learn if they have an inherited mutation that caused their cancer. Here are some benefits of knowing if your cancer was caused by an inherited mutation.

  • depending on your test results, you may benefit from certain targeted therapies, which have been FDA-approved for treating advanced breast cancer in people with an inherited mutation. 
  • test results may affect other cancer treatment decisions such as choice of surgery or chemotherapy.
  • test results may affect your eligibility for certain clinical trials and research studies.
  • your test results can help relatives understand their risk for cancer and take actions to stay healthy.
  • results can help you understand your risk for additional cancers to guide medical decisions about risk management.

Updated 07/19/2018

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