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BLOG: USF Gets $2.8M Grant to Study Genetic Testing, Breast Cancer
Source: Lakeland Ledger, 05/09/13
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By Robin Adams
The University of South Florida, working with Aetna, will follow 5,000 Aetna members nationwide who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing genetic testing.
Money for this five-year study is coming from the National Institutes of Health. It will examine the influence genetic testing may have on clinical treatment decisions among breast cancer patients and their doctors.
Certified genetic counselors help assess specific cancer risk in families, recommend appropriate genetic tests and interpret genetic test results, according to USF.
But current research indicates genetic counseling and testing services are being given only to a small percentage of breast cancer patients. Even fewer, USF said in announcing the grant, get this information at the time they’re diagnosed.
Many women who develop breast cancer and have a strong predisposition to cancer aren’t aware of this genetic susceptibility.
Bottom line: They don’t know they are at high risk to develop another breast cancer or ovarian cancer in the future, said Dr. Rebecca Sutphen, genetic professor in the USF Department of Pediatrics Epidemiology Center.
Or that there’s increased risk to other blood relatives if they have a genetic mutations such as mutated BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. The study, appropriately enough, is called the American BRCA Outcomes Among the Recently Diagnosed study.
Dr. Joanne Armstrong, leader of an Aetna team, said the research will “provide critical information that can help ensure the benefits of advanced genetic testing.”