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Genetic Testing Underutilized in Early Breast Cancer

Patients with early-stage breast cancer often undergo definitive surgery without genetic testing, or before BRCA1/2 testing has been performed, and the results frequently aren't explained to them, a survey of surgeons and patients found.

Approximately one-third of surgeons said they rarely referred patients for genetic counseling, and only 73% of high-volume surgeons and 35% of lower-volume surgeons said they were confident in discussing genetic test results with their patients, reported Allison Kurian, MD, of the Stanford University School of Medicine in California, and colleagues.

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Written by Jeff Minerd for MedPage Today

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