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All people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer meet national guidelines for genetic counseling and testing. Studies analyzing the number of pancreatic cancer patients who have an inherited mutation have found that:
Other gene mutations which may increase the risk for pancreatic cancer include:
Benefits of genetic testing for people with pancreatic cancer include:
Test results may affect treatment decisions. For example, research has shown that people with hereditary pancreatic cancer may respond favorably to a type of chemotherapy known as platinum or to certain targeted therapies.
Test results may affect eligibility for certain clinical trials for targeted therapy.