New NCCN Guidelines Stress Genetic Testing For All Pancreatic Cancer Patients

November 14, 2018

“Although there have been incredible leaps in the entire field of genetics, getting everyone on board with genetic testing isn’t the same thing as getting everyone on board with trying new drugs, which is a lot easier,” says gastrointestinal cancer genetics and prevention expert Dr. Sapna Syngal. “But solid steps have been made in pancreatic cancer genetics and the data have accumulated, we believe overwhelmingly, to show that every patient with pancreatic cancer—regardless of their family history—should get germline genetic analysis,” says Syngal, who serves as Director of Research, Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention and Director, Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics and Preventionprograms at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Read the story.

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