Genetic Testing Is Beneficial for All Breast Cancer Patients, Study Finds

Genetic Testing Is Beneficial for All Breast Cancer Patients, Study Finds

A joint study by the Invitae Corporation and the Mayo Clinic concluded that many breast cancer patients do not receive genetic testing and therefore miss out on its benefits, such as the potential to expand treatment options.

Key Takeaways

  • A collaborative study by the Mayo Clinic and Invitae found that many breast cancer patients miss out on genetic testing and the opportunity for more precise treatment.  
  • Genetic testing is underutilized in breast cancer patients because it’s coupled with complex guidelines. 
  • Mayo Clinic is working through the necessary steps to ensure that any cancer patient receiving care at a Mayo Clinic Cancer Center will receive a comprehensive genomic evaluation in 2021.

The study also found, nearly 1/3 of cancer patients in the study had their cancer treatment modified based on the genetic variants revealed by genetic testing. Furthermore, half of the patients with genetic variants would not have qualified for genetic testing using current guidelines.

What does this mean for you?

If you or a loved one has breast cancer, ask your healthcare provider about genetic testing. Research shows that genetic testing can help your provider recommend more precise treatment options. Genetic testing can also help you determine whether you (or your loved one) are at an increased risk for breast cancer and how to improve the prognosis. 

Vita Medical Solutions is proud to partner with laboratories to facilitate access to advanced hereditary cancer (CGx) genetic testing.

Learn more about your personal and family genetic makeup and personalized medicine options through our genetic test offerings. Read more specifically about CGx testing here:

With qualifying insurance, this test can cost you nothing out of pocket. Click below to schedule a call with one of Vita Medical’s Patient Services Consultants to find out your eligibility.

Call us 1.800.590.9292 (toll free) or email at [email protected].

Test. Know. Educate. Advocate.

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