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Genetics & Cancer

Learning I Had Lynch Syndrome Helped Save My Life
Colorectal CancerGenetics & CancerPatient Stories
Lynch syndrome is a hereditary genetic abnormality that can cause several types of cancer. Wenora Johnson discovered that it ran in her family after she had treatment for colon cancer. Knowing that she was at a high risk for certain cancers, and having 2 children already, she had her ovaries and uterus removed, as prevention.
Genetic, Genomic, or Biomarker Testing in Cancer—What Is the Difference?
BiomarkersGenetics & Cancer
Genetic testing, genomic testing, molecular profiling—how can you make sense of these terms to ensure you receive the best test and best treatment in this era of targeted therapies? A group of experts and patient advocates provide answers to these questions.
Biomarker Testing Crucial for Patients with Cholangiocarcinoma
BiomarkersCholangiocarcinomaGenetics & Cancer
New treatments are becoming available for patients with cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). Testing for specific biomarkers is crucial to ensure each patient receives the best available treatment for any associated biomarker.
Biomarkers in Lung Cancer: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?
BiomarkersGenetics & CancerLung Cancer
Patients with advanced lung cancer should be tested for the 5 most common biomarkers so they may receive the best treatment options for their disease.
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?
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.
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