Breakthroughs Blog

City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS - and so many stories - that we've tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they're all connected.

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Survey: Physicians need more training about cancer gene tests

June 12, 2013 | Nicole White

The discovery of genes that may increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer has resulted in potentially powerful tools to guide care – but like all new technologies, there’s a learning curve. Although physicians are comfortable ordering single-gene tests, they are hesitant to order the latest multigene panels for cancer risk assessment without additional training in using and interpreting the results, a survey found.

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BRCA-related choices depend on quality genetic tests, counseling

May 24, 2013 | Tami Dennis

Angelina Jolie’s decision to have prophylactic mastectomies has fueled much discussion over the plight of women who learn they have genetic mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer. But sometimes, as a recent story points out, the decision is based on faulty information.

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5 myths, and the reality, about genetic testing for breast cancer

April 12, 2013 | Wayne Lewis

People with a family history of breast cancer often seek genetic testing to find out whether they carry mutations to key genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2, greatly increasing their risk for breast cancer and other diseases.

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