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Study Shows 1 in 5 Women with Ovarian Cancer has Inherited Predisposition

“Most women in the study would have been unaware of a genetic predisposition to ovarian cancer because they didn’t have strong family histories that suggested it.” http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/26399.aspx By Caroline Arbanas A … Continue reading

February 1, 2014

Risk Management Options Elected by Women Testing BRCA-Positive

*Although 75% of women with BRCA1/2 mutations underwent risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy during follow-up, only 17% underwent the procedure prior to the NCCN recommended age of 40 years.

January 16, 2014

New Task Force Recommendations for BRCA Mutation Screening

“BRCA mutation testing should only be done for those patients who have either a personal or family history that suggests a role of inherited cancer susceptibility. Testing for these mutations are … Continue reading

January 16, 2014

New Task Force Recommendations for BRCA Mutation Screening (US)

“Updated recommendations issued by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) state that primary care physicians should screen women who have a family history of either breast, ovarian, tubal, or peritoneal … Continue reading

January 16, 2014

Scientists Back Ovarian Cancer Preventative Surgery to Improve Survival

“The research shows a major benefit from undergoing risk-reducing surgery, particularly removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes which reduces the risk of both ovarian cancer greatly and breast cancer by about … Continue reading

January 16, 2014

In Israel, a Push to Screen for Cancer Gene Leaves Many Conflicted

“Women identified as mutation carriers are showered with resources for early detection and prevention. These women’s risk for developing breast cancer ranges from 45 to 65 percent or higher, depending on family … Continue reading

December 12, 2013

Risk-Reducing Surgery Increases Survival in BRCA1/2 Mutation Carriers Unaffected at Time of Family Referral

“Women who had any form of risk-reducing surgery (RRS) had increased survival compared to those who did not have RRS; a further increase in survival was seen among women who had … Continue reading

December 12, 2013

Germline and Somatic Mutations in Homologous Recombination Genes Predict Platinum Response and Survival in Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, and Peritoneal Carcinomas

“The presence of germline and somatic HR mutations was highly predictive of primary platinum sensitivity (p=0.0002) and improved overall survival (p=0.0006)…” Kathryn P. Pennington, Tom Walsh, Maria I. Harrell, Ming K. … Continue reading

December 12, 2013

Preventing Ovarian Cancer through Genetic Testing: a Population-Based Study

“…48 of 1,342 unselected cases of ovarian cancer (3.6 %) might have been prevented if genetic testing criteria were universally applied to all women in Ontario at risk for ovarian cancer.” … Continue reading

November 19, 2013

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