New Name for Breast-Cancer Syndrome Could Help to Save Lives

July 3, 2019 6:00 pm

By Colin C. Pritchard

People of all sexes can have risk genes that are often assumed to affect only women. Renaming the syndrome should aid cancer prevention and treatment, argues Colin C. Pritchard.

I recently had a conversation with my … Read more

CRISPR Reveals New Cancer Drug Targets through ID of Critical Gene Fusion Regions

May 16, 2019 6:00 pm

In what they claim is the first large-scale systematic analysis of thousands of gene fusions in human cancers, scientists have identified a gene fusion that could represent a novel drug target for multiple cancers. Through their studies, the largely U.K.-based … Read more

Scientists Identify Genes Tied to Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer

May 1, 2019 6:00 pm

A team of researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer, Cedars-Sinai Cancer and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have newly identified 34 genes that are associated with an increased risk for developing the earliest stages of ovarian cancer. The findings, published today in … Read more

6 Questions to Ask Your Doctor After an Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

April 30, 2019 5:00 pm

Two of the key points this article touches on refer to finding a clinical trial and seeking mental health support. At Clearity, we can help! Check out our Clinical Trial Finder, as well as Steps Through OC, a Read more

Ovarian Cancer Patients Undertested for Mutations that Could Guide Clinical Care

April 9, 2019 4:00 pm

By Krista Conger

A large study of women with breast and ovarian cancer has revealed significant gaps between national guidelines for genetic testing and actual testing practices, according to researchers from Stanford and five other institutions.

Fewer than a quarter … Read more

23andMe DTC Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Test Misses Almost 90 Percent of BRCA Mutation Carriers

April 5, 2019 5:00 pm

By Julia Karow

A study led by researchers at Invitae has found that 23andMe’s direct-to-consumer BRCA test, which tests for three common variants in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and is authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration, misses … Read more

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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Busting Myths Surrounding Cancer and Genetic Testing

April 18, 2018 12:02 am

While only 5 percent to 10 percent of cancers are caused by an inherited gene mutation, genetic testing may benefit people with a strong history of family cancer, an expert in genetics suggests.

This is especially true in families with … Read more

U.S. To Cover Advanced Genomic Testing For Medicare Cancer Patients

March 19, 2018 7:17 pm

The U.S. government said on Friday it will pay for certain genetic tests for Medicare-eligible patients with advanced cancer, in a bid to help match patients with the drugs most likely to provide benefit.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid … Read more

FDA Approves 23andMe Cancer Test For BRCA Genes

March 12, 2018 8:33 pm

The home DNA testing company 23andMe has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to test for three genetic mutations in two genes that you have probably heard of if you know who Angelina Jolie is, BRCA1 … Read more

Ovarian Cancer: How Your Father’s Genes Can Affect Your Risk

February 19, 2018 12:01 am

Scientists studying ovarian cancer have revealed a new genetic mutation that increases a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer — and it can be passed to her by her father.

Recently, Medical News Today covered a study that looked into whether … Read more

Screening Beyond Those With Cancer History May Be More Effective

February 12, 2018 10:32 pm

As genetic testing becomes more accessible with advanced technology and decreased costs, population-based testing for breast and ovarian cancer may be more cost effective in the long run, according to study results published in Journal of the National Cancer InstituteRead more

Should All Women Be Tested for Breast, Ovarian Cancer Gene Mutations?

January 31, 2018 7:27 pm

Evidence is growing that all women age 30 and older should be tested for the inherited gene mutations that can cause breast and ovarian cancer, according to British researchers.

“We could prevent thousands more ovarian and breast cancers through a … Read more

7 Key Cancer Trends For 2018

January 3, 2018 6:48 pm

By: Elaine Schattner

I expect progress. Here’s my list of major trends and issues that will affect the lives of cancer patients in 2018:

1. Less chemotherapy

recent report finds that among patients with the most common form of … Read more

Health Matters: Testing Your Genes for Cancer

December 12, 2017 12:21 am

Whether you’ve already been diagnosed, or you want to know your risk, health experts can test your DNA to determine your chances of developing cancer.

“The testing itself determines whether or not they have inherited this broken gene that could … Read more