Women with genetic mutations fare no worse with breast or ovarian cancer, study finds
Women newly diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer who are also carriers of cancer-associated mutations like BRCA1 or BRCA2 are no more likely to die of their tumors than those who don’t have the mutations, according to a new study.
Increasingly, doctors recommend genetic testing for newly diagnosed breast or ovarian cancer patients to learn whether they carry any of several inherited cancer-associated mutations. Knowing a cancer’s genetic fingerprint can help doctors sift among treatment options, and it can help alert a patient’s blood relatives that they might also carry the risky mutation.
However, women who learn that they carry such a mutation may worry it means they face a worse outcome. Yet a study of about 26,000 people with breast or ovarian cancer shows that, in fact, carriers of inherited mutations have equivalent or better outcomes than women without these mutations — perhaps due to a greater sensitivity to the chemotherapy often used to treat such cancers.
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