Counseling Regarding Genetic Testing in Breast Cancer Lacking, Yet Many Still Undergo BLM

Share this content:
Genetic testing for breast cancer is increasingly available, but many women still choose surgical procedures before receiving genetic counseling.
Genetic testing for breast cancer is increasingly available, but many women still choose surgical procedures before receiving genetic counseling.

Many women with breast cancer with genetic variants of uncertain significance (VUS) undergo testing and bilateral mastectomy (BLM) without ever receiving genetic counseling, and may not receive personalized therapy and therefore optimal care, according to a report published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Genetic testing for breast cancer has become increasingly available and become part of breast cancer management more than most other disease states, yet challenges in clinical communication and practice lead to a failure to counsel high-risk patients. The investigators evaluated the role and challenges of genetic testing in breast cancer management.

Patients with breast cancer were surveyed regarding their experiences with genetic testing. Surgeons were also surveyed in regards to counseling their patients about genetic testing, and if they would manage patients with breast cancer with varying genetic profiles differently. Genetic testing guidelines were used to determine a patient population at higher pretest risk of pathogenic mutation.  

Page 1 of 2
You must be a registered member of ONA to post a comment.

Sign Up for Free e-newsletters

Regimen and Drug Listings

GET FULL LISTINGS OF TREATMENT Regimens and Drug INFORMATION

Bone Cancer Regimens Drugs
Brain Cancer Regimens Drugs
Breast Cancer Regimens Drugs
Endocrine Cancer Regimens Drugs
Gastrointestinal Cancer Regimens Drugs
Genitourinary Cancer Regimens Drugs
Gynecologic Cancer Regimens Drugs
Head and Neck Cancer Regimens Drugs
Hematologic Cancer Regimens Drugs
Lung Cancer Regimens Drugs
Other Cancers Regimens
Rare Cancers Regimens
Skin Cancer Regimens Drugs