Gene Test For Breast Cancer Risk Determination

Uploaded by drjayharness on 23.12.2011

>>>DR. DAVID A. MARGILETH: Our approach is to have the patient see a genetics counselor
that will make a three generation family tree, get all the information they can about the
incidents of various cancers in that family, and then there are various mathematical models
that will then answer the question ‘what is this particular family’s risk of carrying
that gene?’

If it’s very, very low (one or two percent), generally, we would not advise
gene testing. On the other hand, if it’s at least 5% or 10%, and in many patients’
family it’s higher than that, gene testing is certainly indicated.

The genetic test
is a blood test so it’s simple for the patient and when the result comes back, the genetics
counselor meets with the patient and if they are negative, then, for instance that patient
does not have an increased risk of ovarian cancer, and often times is in the throes of
making a decision about mastectomy versus lumpectomy, and if gene-negative, one feels
much more comfortable that lumpectomy may be a reasonable decision. Hi, I am Dr. Jay Harness and I want to share with you important information that I believe
that every newly diagnosed patient with breast cancer needs to know.
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