Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Some High-Risk Patients with Breast Cancer Do Not Undergo Genetic Testing, Research Suggests

In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (2/7, McGinley) reports that research published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests physicians “often fail to recommend genetic testing for breast-cancer patients, even those who are at high risk for mutations linked to ovarian and other cancers.” The research “also found that many women who would benefit from genetic counseling do not receive it.”

The NPR (2/7, Boddy) “Shots” blog reports that the study, which “surveyed newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, found that while 80.9 percent of high-risk patients wanted testing,” just “39.6 percent had had a counseling session, and 50.9 percent had a genetic test.” When they were “asked why they didn’t get tested, the majority of the 773 high-risk patients said it was because their” physician “didn’t recommend it to them.”

Also covering the story are HealthDay (2/7, Doheny), Medscape (2/7, Harrison), MedPage Today (2/7, Walker), Healio (2/7, Gormley), and AFP (2/7). 


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