Journal article

Mainstream genetic testing for breast cancer patients: early experiences from the Parkville Familial Cancer Centre

Catherine Beard, Katrina Monohan, Linda Cicciarelli, Paul A James

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN GENETICS | SPRINGERNATURE | Published : 2021

Abstract

The demand for genetic testing of hereditary breast cancer genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 has continued to increase with the lowering costs of testing, raised awareness in the general public, and implications for breast cancer treatment when a patient is identified as having a germline pathogenic variant. Historically within Australia, patients affected by high genetic risk breast cancers have been referred to a familial cancer centre (FCC) for assessment and testing, resulting in wait times for an appointment for pre- and post-test genetic counselling and an increased demand on the public-funded FCC. To improve patient access and pace of genetic testing, as well as refocus FCC resources, a m..

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