Should genetic counseling and testing be used for patients with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer?

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Should genetic counseling and testing be used for patients with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer?

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Yes. According to a recent patient-reported outcome study, the psychosocial outcomes of patients with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer were much better in patients who received genetic counseling and testing than those who did not. Follow up cancer worry was significantly higher among counselees who had opted out of genetic testing compared to those who had completed genetic testing indicating GCT should be made a part of routine care for patients.

Oberguggenberger, Anne, Monika Sztankay, Raphael Johannes Morscher, Barbara Sperner-Unterweger, Ingrid Weber, Michael Hubalek, Georg Kemmler, Johannes Zschocke, Caroline Martini, Daniel Egle, Martina Dünser, Eva Gamper, and Verena Meraner. “Psychosocial Outcomes and Counselee Satisfaction following Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: A Patient-reported Outcome Study.” Journal of Psychosomatic Research 89 (2016): 39-45. Web.