New scheme to routinely test patients for inherited cancer genes

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Source: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org

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A new research programme will lay the foundations for routine testing for inherited cancer genes in patients with the disease.

Changes in certain genes, known as cancer predisposition genes, greatly increase the chances of a person developing cancer. Knowing whether a patient carries such a gene can affect decisions as to how treat them.

There are almost 100 known cancer predisposition genes, but at present testing for them in the UK is done on an ad hoc basis, with patients referred to a genetics service if they are suspected of having an ‘inherited’ cancer.

Under the new Mainstreaming Cancer Genetics programme, initially involving patients with breast or ovarian cancer patients at the Royal Marsden in London, screening for cancer predisposition genes will be done routinely….read full article

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