Genetic Counseling

Multiple professional and societal guidelines emphasize the importance of genetic counseling and testing for individuals at risk for hereditary breast cancer.1,2 For a woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer, information gained from genetic counseling and testing can directly impact her surgical management and treatment plan. Of the syndromes known to have an elevated risk of breast cancer, hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) is the most common. HBOC is associated with mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

CHICAGO—Gene-expression profiling, combined with a novel chemoradiation regimen, may predict pathologic complete response in patients with esophageal cancer, according to new data presented at the 46th annual meeting in specific cancer populations. of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. New studies presented at this meeting highlighted several new “genetic fingerprinting” techniques that may improve and guide chemo therapy.

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