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).



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