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Dr. Rana on Genetic Testing

On August 28, 2019, Outcomes4Me and Susan G. Komen New England hosted a live webinar about genetic testing and breast cancer. Our guest speaker was Dr. Huma Rana, Clinical Director, Cancer Genetics and Prevention at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute who discussed hereditary predispositions, screening guidelines, and answered audience questions.

As announced during the webinar, you can now get access to the genetic screening tool on the Outcomes4Me app. Download the app to access the Genetic screening questionnaire either through the home screen or the profile tab in the app.

 

Summary

Genetic testing is crucial for informing decision-making and treatment options for triple negative breast cancer, expanding beyond BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations to include other genes associated with breast cancer.

Highlights

  • Genetic testing guides surgical decisions, treatment options, and clinical trial eligibility.
  • Platinum-based chemotherapy and PARP inhibitors are used for individuals with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.
  • Reliable genetic testing from specialized laboratories is essential.
  • Family history plays a significant role in determining genetic risks.
  • Self-advocacy is crucial for accessing appropriate testing.
  • The Outcomes4Me app provides personalized breast cancer information and genetic testing guidance.
  • Empowering individuals with accurate information leads to informed health decisions.

Key Insights

  • The use of genetic information in treatment for triple negative breast cancer goes beyond BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, enhancing treatment decisions and potentially improving outcomes.
  • Reliable genetic testing from specialized laboratories is emphasized over direct-to-consumer tests to ensure accuracy and validity of results.
  • Family history is a crucial factor in determining genetic risks, highlighting the importance of understanding one’s genetic background for personalized treatment.
  • Self-advocacy is essential in the healthcare journey, empowering individuals to seek appropriate genetic testing and make informed decisions about their health.
  • The Outcomes4Me app serves as a valuable tool for providing personalized breast cancer information and guidance on genetic testing, aiding individuals in navigating their healthcare journey effectively.
  • Empowering individuals with accurate information enables them to take control of their health decisions and advocate for their well-being, ultimately leading to better health outcomes.