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Alison's Story - A Cautionary Tale in the Age of Genomic Medicine

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Sir John BurnORCiD


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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.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Burn J

Publication type: Editorial

Publication status: Published

Journal: Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America

Year: 2015

Volume: 24

Issue: 4

Pages: 635-637

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.


DOI: 10.1016/j.soc.2015.06.010