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New Study: Genetic testing for inherited mutations may be helpful for all people with advanced or metastatic cancer

In a study of nearly 12,000 cancer patients with a variety of cancers, eight percent of participants with metastatic cancer had an inherited mutation in a cancer gene that qualified them for a targeted treatment or for participation in a clinical trial. The majority of people with metastatic cancer were unaware that they had an inherited mutation, and had not receive gene-directed treatment to which their tumor may have responded. Of the study participants, 17% tested positive for an inherited mutation in a gene linked to cancer and a potential treatment based on genetic test results existed for 10% of patients in this study. The most commonly found mutation were one of the two BRCA genes. The study authors suggest that genetic testing for inherited mutations may be warranted for all patients with advanced or metastatic cancer. To learn more and read further into this study, please click here: https://www.facingourrisk.org/XRAY/genetic-testing-needed-for-all-with-metastatic-cancer?utm_source=Pardot&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=XRAY_Digest_Fall_2021


It begins with you: the BRCA genes in the Ashkenazi Jewish population

A recent article was featured in the Fall edition of the Journal of Family Practice Oncology, written by two of our own BRCAinBC committee members –  Allison Mindlin, Genetic Counsellor, BC Cancer Hereditary Cancer Program and Dr. Rona Cheifetz, Medical Lead, Hereditary High Risk Clinic, BC Cancer. We are very proud of the hard work of all members of our committee, who continue to work diligently to spread awareness of the importance of BRCA gene testing for the Ashkenazi Jewish population here in BC.

Please find the fully linked article here: http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/family-oncology-network-site/Documents/2020FallFPONjournal_Sep14web.pdf