Jill E. Stopfer, MS | Authors

Commentary (Stopfer/Domchek): Evaluation and Management of Women With BRCA1/2 Mutations

October 01, 2005

More than a decade has passedsince the cancer predispositiongenes BRCA1 andBRCA2 were cloned. Collectively,these genes are responsible for virtuallyall hereditary breast/ovarian cancerfamilies as well as a smaller subsetof hereditary site-specific breast cancerfamilies.[1] Their discovery helped usherin a new age of predictive and preventivemedicine for those at risk ofbreast and ovarian cancer, two of themost common forms of cancer in womenin the United States.[2] Peshkin andIsaacs provide an excellent summaryof cancer susceptibility due to inheritedmutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2,including approaches to assessing personaland family history for the likelihoodof finding these mutations, theirassociated cancer risks, and options forclinical management.

Role of the Genetic Counselor in Familial Cancer

February 01, 1996

Increased knowledge about inherited susceptibility for cancer and the identification of genes associated with cancer risk has increased the need for individuals with training in genetics to work closely with oncology professionals in the familial cancer arena. Genetic counselors can provide a variety of useful services: They may function as clinical coordinators of a family cancer risk counseling (FCRC) program and serve as study coordinators on research teams.