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Can HNPCC Be Diagnosed in Presymptomatic Patients?

April 01, 1997

This special series on cancer and genetics is compiled and edited by Henry T. Lynch, MD, director of the Hereditary Cancer Institute and professor of medicine and chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public

Genetic Counseling in Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer

January 01, 1996

Menko and colleagues review the genetic counseling that occurs after the presymptomatic diagnosis of hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) is made. The discovery of the mechanism by which tumors develop in this setting and the cloning of the genes responsible for the disease have made possible the DNA-based diagnosis of a disease, which, less than 5 years ago, was a controversial entity. In a remarkably short period, the nature of HNPCC has been greatly elucidated, its relationship to defective DNA mismatch repair has become manifest, and the means to diagnose it in a presymptomatic state has been developed [1].