The power of genetic testing to aid in cancer prevention is amplified with cascade testing.
The purpose of the tumor board is to provide a multidisciplinary review of somatic (tumor) testing for the purposes of clarifying the potential implications of a patient’s results.
The Cancer Genetics program works closely with pediatric oncologists at Children’s Health to provide cancer genetics services to pediatric patients in Dallas.
Recently, Angelina Jolie informed the world through two New York Times opinion articles that she had her breasts and ovaries removed after learning she had a BRCA1 mutation.
Until recently, cancer genetic testing was based on inspection of a few genes.
An important piece of our program is the involvement of the Cancer Genetics team with the cancer support community and general patient education.
The UT Southwestern Cancer Genetics program, in partnership with the Gastroenterology Division, has had a specialized high-risk GI Genetics Clinic at Parkland for the past six years.
In addition to seeing patients inperson in the cancer center, UT Southwestern is seeking ways to expand beyond the boundaries of the cancer center to offer genetic counseling services to much of North Texas.
Screening family histories to identify patients with Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome (HBOC) has recently been classified as a Tier 1 health application by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Women with mutations in the HBOC genes or the Lynch syndrome genes are at an increased lifetime risk for ovarian and fallopian tube cancer.