Breast Cancer Genetic Testing
Do you know which genetic test for breast cancer to order? Test your knowledge in Kayla's case and see the free CME courses and resources below for more information!
Test your knowledge
Kayla is 32 years of age and was just diagnosed with breast cancer. Her mother had breast cancer at age 45, and her maternal aunt had breast cancer at age 30. Her maternal grandmother died of ovarian cancer at 54.
You determine that Kayla is at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, and she is interested in genetic testing.
What is the best genetic testing option for Kayla?
- Comprehensive analysis of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes
- A panel of genes associated with a high risk for hereditary breast cancer
- A panel of genes associated with moderately-increased breast cancer risk
- No testing
About one in 10 women has a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer that puts her at increased risk of developing these malignancies due to underlying genetic factors. These courses provide opportunities to learn about hereditary breast cancer syndromes, how to use family history to assess risk level, genetic testing, using genetic information to inform management, and communicating with patients about genetic risk. Free CME available.
Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Risk. Self-directed, 15-minute online program about evaluating how well a particular genetic test assesses breast cancer risk (clinical validity) and the potential impact of testing on patient outcomes (clinical utility).
Collecting Family History. Self-directed, 15-minute online program about asking the right questions to elicit enough information to assess family history disease risk.
Identifying Red Flags and Patterns that Increase Risk. Self-directed, 15-minute online program about identifying genetic red flags and patterns in a family medical history that can help determine if a condition has a significant genetic contribution.
Categorizing Cancer Risk. Self-directed, 15-minute online program that provides opportunity to learn and practice how to analyze family histories and classify the patients' risk into average, increased (or moderate), or high risk for cancer.
Using Family History to Inform Management. Self-directed, 15-minute online program about determining appropriate management based on family history risk using available guidelines.
Pre-test Decisions & Counseling. Self-directed, 15-minute online program about deciding when and if genetic testing is appropriate, given the clinical and personal context.
Interpreting Genetic Testing Results. Self-directed, 15-minute online program about interpreting genetic testing results within a patient’s specific context.
Genetic Testing Technology. Self-directed, 15-minute online program about weighing the benefits, risks, and limitations of different tests within specific patient contexts.