Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
My mother had ovarian cancer at the age of 50, I am now 49 and of Jewish heritage. It seems that the genetic testing is no longer easily accessible. How would I go about getting genetic testing?
Stephen C. Rubin, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Pennsylvania Health System, responds:
About 10% of all ovarian cancers occur as a result of an inherited condition mostly related to abnormalities in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which also increase the risk of breast cancer. You may indeed be a candidate for genetic testing, which is done by Myriad Genetics in Utah. This can be arranged through many doctors' offices or through cancer risk evaluation programs, such as the one we have here at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jun 20, 2012 - Due to the potential survival and treatment response implications of BRCA mutation status, it is recommended that germ-line BRCA1/2 testing be offered to all women diagnosed with nonmucinous ovarian carcinoma, regardless of family history, according to research published online June 18 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Jul 9, 2010