What types of cancer are there genetic tests for????

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What types of cancer are there genetic tests for????

by dllfb on Fri Oct 10, 2008 12:00 AM

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I'd really like to see a list of types of cancer (ie. brain, liver etc.) that there are genetic tests for.  Does anyone know of one????  Think it would be valuable information for many.

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by Trishpm on Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:00 AM

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This is a more complex question than you would think.  The list is changing as research progresses and more causative mutations are discovered.  Also, some single genetic mutations affect the risk for more than one type of cancer,  the risk is higher for some types of cancer than others,  and some syndromes are caused by different mutations.  In a ten year old book (now seriously out of date), Clinical Cancer Genetics by Kenneth Offit, the list of cancer syndromes by body system covers 40 pages.   Also, most patients with a specific cancer have sporadic cases, that is, not inherited. 

About cancer genetics in general:  see http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/genetics/overview/hea http://www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/pdq/genetics/risk-assessmen (both written for health professionals).

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by dllfb on Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:00 AM

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Interested in links but they state " page cannot found"

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by Trishpm on Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:00 AM

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See http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/prevention-genetics-cause (or http://tinyurl.com/5h5brs  ) for a page with links to the  above and other links about genetics of cancer.

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by ilasandy on Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:00 AM

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tell me also bcoz i think gbm brain cancer is genetic in my family pls tell me if it can take this genetic test for my 3 yr old son
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