Cancer Stories

The power of cascade testing

 

The power of genetic testing to aid in cancer prevention is amplified with cascade testing.

Molecular genetics tumor board

 

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.

Pediatric cancer genetics program with Children's Medical Center

 

The Cancer Genetics program works closely with pediatric oncologists at Children’s Health to provide cancer genetics services to pediatric patients in Dallas.

Helping different patients make difficult cancer genetic decisions

 

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.

The future of genetic testing

 

Until recently, cancer genetic testing was based on inspection of a few genes.

Patient experience in the cancer genetics clinic and beyond

 

An important piece of our program is the involvement of the Cancer Genetics team with the cancer support community and general patient education.

The GI genetics clinic and population-based screening for Lynch syndrome

 

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.

Reaching rural communities

 

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.

Population-based screening programs

 

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).

Gynecology/Oncology

 

Women with mutations in the HBOC genes or the Lynch syndrome genes are at an increased lifetime risk for ovarian and fallopian tube cancer.