Lookup NU author(s): Professor Sir John Burn
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Alison's story illustrates the disastrous consequences of not securing an accurate family history when evaluating a patient for solid tumor malignancy; this is even more acute when the patient is diagnosed at a young age, or has other close relatives affected by the disease. Rapidly advancing genomic technologies directly challenge traditional management practices of referring all patients who may require genetic testing to a genetic counselor or clinical genetics service because next-generation targeted molecular therapies may be indicated based on genomic DNA analysis, and may be required urgently to treat life-threatening advanced disease, at times, before genetic counseling.
Author(s): Burn J
Publication type: Editorial
Publication status: Published
Journal: Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America
Print publication date: 01/10/2015
Online publication date: 14/08/2015
ISSN (print): 1055-3207
ISSN (electronic): 1558-5042
Publisher: W.B. Saunders Co.