Only 18% of People With Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genes Knew They Were Carriers, Study Found. How Can We Make DNA Screening Work Better?

February 7, 2019 5:00 pm

By Michael Murray

There are diseases and health conditions that are essentially invisible to us until it is too late.

When those problems are life-threatening, such as cancer, and if there is a period when something could be done, then … Read more

We Asked a Genetic Counselor About 23andMe’s New Cancer Test

January 24, 2019 6:00 pm

By Dan Robitzski

“There’s that element of anxiety and stress and not necessarily having an educational resource to turn to.”

Over The Counter

23andMe is already allowed to screen customers for mutations associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. … Read more

Study Cracks Open the Secrets of the Cancer-Causing BRCA1 Gene

September 12, 2018 12:21 am

By Sharon Begley

Lawsuits didn’t do it, public shaming didn’t do it, patients and doctors banding together to “free the data” couldn’t do it: For 22 years Myriad Genetics, one of the oldest genetic testing companies, has refused to make … Read more

Scientists Identify Mutational Signatures in Ovarian Cancer

August 22, 2018 4:52 pm

Researchers at Cancer Research UK, Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge have identified distinct patterns of genetic mutation among patients with ovarian cancer that could help them understand the disease and personalise treatment … Read more

Study: Cancer-related genetic testing is rare for women on Medicare

August 20, 2018 6:28 pm

By Health Day News

Testing for gene mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer is rare among some Medicare patients who have the cancers and qualify for such tests, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from 12 southeastern states … Read more

Genetic Screening Can Inform Women of Their Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risks

July 6, 2018 7:21 pm

One of the most unsettling aspects of cancer is the unknown.

There is the unknown of what is in store for you if you receive a diagnosis of cancer. But on a larger scale, we all

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Ultra-Personal Therapy: Gene Tumor Boards Guide Cancer Care

October 23, 2017 3:30 pm

By: Marilynn Marchione

Doctors were just guessing a decade ago when they gave Alison Cairnes’ husband a new drug they hoped would shrink his lung tumors. Now she takes it too, but the choice was no guesswork. Sophisticated gene tests … Read more

More Expansive Genetic Testing Needed in Ovarian Cancer

October 5, 2017 3:30 pm

More research is needed on the other genetic mutations, besides BRCA, that patients with ovarian cancer harbor so that they can be used to help plan treatments.

However, there is hope for such research to emerge. Ophira Ginsburg, M.D., director … Read more

The Role of Genetic Testing in Ovarian Cancer

August 8, 2017 2:59 am

Pathologists and oncologists work closely together to treat patients with cancer, and will continue to do so as more individualized treatments become popular. In ovarian cancer, tumors evolve over time, making this relationship between members of the treatment team even … Read more

Gene Testing Could Help Predict Ovarian Cancer Patients’ Sensitivity

January 2, 2017 7:55 pm

Testing for a gene commonly mutated in ovarian cancers could pick out patients who will respond well to a promising new class of cancer drugs, a major new study reveals.

Scientists found that defects in a gene called ARID1A caused … Read more

The Unbearably Slow Adoption of Genetic Cancer Tests

July 12, 2016 5:29 pm

Over the past 20 years, Nazneen Rahman has identified a steady stream of genes that influence the risk of breast, ovarian, and childhood cancers—work that has earned her scientific, popular, and even royal acclaim. But her latest accomplishment, and one … Read more