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Genetics & Cancer

Using My Lung Cancer Story to Advocate for Change in Minority Communities
Genetics & CancerLung CancerPatient Stories
After getting tested for genetic abnormalities, Brandi Bryant learned she had the ALK genetic mutation, which increases the risk for lung cancer. This information resulted in important changes in her treatment and led her to become an advocate for genetic testing, especially among minority communities.
The CDH1 Gene Mutation:  My Family’s Story of  Hereditary Cancer
Genetics & CancerPatient Stories
Jon Grossman shares his powerful story of learning he inherited the genetic mutation that caused his mother’s stomach cancer, and the drastic steps he took to ensure he will not have that cancer.
Patients' Roadmap to Genetic Counseling and Testing: What Should You Expect?
Genetics & Cancer
Genetics play an important role in cancer treatments today. Working with genetic counselors helps to determine if a patient’s cancer has a genetic component, which will influence treatment decisions. Genetic counselor Megan Mortenson explains how genetic counseling may help you or your loved one.
Understanding Hereditary Biomarkers Versus Tumor-Specific Biomarkers—What’s the Difference?
Cancer BiomarkersGenetics & CancerPersonalized Medicine
One-size-fits-all medicine is a thing of the past. Cancer, at its core, is a genetic disease. Today’s advances in cancer research mean that doctors can now tailor a personalized treatment to the patient’s specific cancer type.
Genetic Testing Can Help to Guide the Treatment of Patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Genetics & CancerLeukemia
Knowing if the patient’s chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has genetic abnormalities through genetic testing can help doctors select the best treatment.
Cancer Genetics or Genomics — Is There a Difference?
Genetics & Cancer
The terms genetics and genomics are often used interchangeably in relation to cancer, but they refer to different things and are becoming very important in cancer treatment.
Genetic Influences in Multiple Myeloma
Genetics & CancerMultiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer; the cause of this cancer is not yet known. Although it is not considered a hereditary cancer and does not run in families, many genetic factors, especially genetic alterations (mutations) and chromosome abnormalities, play a role in multiple myeloma, as in many other cancers.
Should I Get Tested? The Benefits and Risks of Genetic Testing
Genetics & Cancer
At the Women’s Survivors Alliance SURVIVORville 2015 meeting, Sara Lewis, MS, LCGC, Hereditary Cancer Clinic, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, discussed the key issues that arise before people pursue the option of genetic testing.
Genetic Risk Factors for Multiple Myeloma
Genetics & CancerMultiple Myeloma
The risks for multiple myeloma, a rare and aggressive blood cancer, have long been linked to increasing age (older than 65), male sex, and African-American race. However, researchers are now looking into genetic risk factors to better understand and treat the disease.
Genetic Testing for Cancer
Genetics & Cancer
Did you know that about 5% to 10% of cancers are hereditary? If you didn’t, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Read about the role of genetics in cancer.
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