Genetic testing for triple-negative?

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Question from Maija: So if triple-negative breast cancer is related to a defect in BRCA1, should members of the family be tested when the mother has triple-negative breast cancer?
Answers - Larry Norton, M.D. It is a clue that BRCA1 may be involved. There is no substitute for expert genetic counseling if there is any suspicion of familial breast cancer. There are tools available online to help you estimate your chances of having a breast-cancer-related gene defect. But we have recently published that these tools are not extremely accurate. Hence, anybody with any suspicion should seek expert counseling to determine if testing is right for you.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer featured Larry Norton, M.D. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about managing day-to-day life with metastatic breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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