The Genetics of Breast Cancer: What the Surgical Oncologist Needs to Know

Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2015 Oct;24(4):705-32. doi: 10.1016/j.soc.2015.06.011.

Abstract

This article summarizes the impact of germline predisposition to breast cancer on the surgical management of breast cancer and breast cancer risk. Surgical implications of germline predisposition to breast cancer are now more nuanced due to the application of increasingly more complicated next-generation sequencing-based tests. The rapid pace of change will continue to challenge paradigms for genetic cancer risk assessment, which can influence the medical and surgical management of breast cancer risk as well as strategies for screening and for risk reduction.

Keywords: BRCA1; Breast cancer; Genetics; Ovarian cancer; TP53.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Breast Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Breast Neoplasms / surgery
  • Decision Making*
  • Female
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease*
  • Genetic Testing*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Risk Assessment
  • Surgeons*