Dr. William G. Kaelin, Jr., Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe, and Dr. Gregg L. Semenza won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work related to a genetic condition called von Hippel-Lindau syndrome (VHL). VHL is a hereditary cancer syndrome that is associated with an increased risk for cancerous and benign tumors in…

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Precision Oncology News and My Gene Counsel have partnered to produce the “Genetic Testing Challenges in Oncology” series to highlight real-world issues that genetics experts and medical professionals are encountering as genetic tests are increasingly used in cancer care. Experts submit anonymized case reports to My Gene Counsel, and based on the details in these reports,…

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Last Updated: January 8, 2019 In Part 1 of this series on hereditary thyroid cancer, we discussed red flags that increase the likelihood of a hereditary predisposition to thyroid cancer.  In this post, we outline four hereditary cancer syndromes that increase the risk to develop thyroid cancer and their features. Hereditary Cancer Syndromes that Involve…

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On December 1st, I had the pleasure of attending the Chicago premiere of the Pink & Blue Movie with our advocacy partners Georgia Hurst, @ShewithLynch, and Amy Byer Shainman, @BRCAresponder.  I’ve worked closely with both Georgia and Amy for several years on our tweetchat series #GenCSM, amongst other projects in the hereditary cancer space, but…

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Last Updated November 2018 In recognition of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve compiled information about inherited forms of pancreatic cancer.  This is the second installment of our series, check out the first installment. Photo Credit:  midshorepancan.org Pancreatic cancer is relatively uncommon, with a lifetime risk of ~1.5% for individuals in the United States.  For the…

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