Genetic testing of people with cancer can determine whether they are at high risk of developing a second cancer and identify potential treatments targeted to that genetic finding. Informing relatives of that person could also help prevent a future cancer from developing.
Ophira M. Ginsburg, MD, director of the High-Risk Cancer Genetics Program at NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, discusses genetic testing and what it means for cancer prevention on 77WABC Radio’s Katz’s Corner.
“One of the core issues that we discuss with patients or clients who are considering undergoing genetic testing is to let them know that with very few exceptions, we don’t have a crystal ball,” says Dr. Ginsburg, who is an associate professor in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine. “For any discussion in cancer risk reduction and cancer prevention, the role of lifestyle and environmental factors are important as well.”
Listen to Dr. Ginsburg’s full interview on 77WABC Radio’s Katz’s Corner.