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BRCAvantage™, Single Site

Test code(s) 91865

This is an outdated version of this FAQ. It was effective 10/15/2013 to 04/21/2015.

The current version is available here.

 

Question 1. To whom should this test be offered?

Consider offering this test to men and women with a family history of a known mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. Official test results of the family member must be available for laboratory review. For more information or to discuss a family history with a Quest Diagnostics genetic counselor, please call 866-GENE-INFO.

Question 2. Is there a better test for my patient ?

When hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome is suspected, and no previous BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation test result is available for your patient and/or family member, consider ordering the BRCAvantage™, Comprehensive test (test code 91863). For individuals of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish heritage, consider ordering the BRCAvantage™, Ashkenazi Jewish Screen (test code 91864) as a first line test.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has guidelines for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation testing (http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/f_guidelines.asp). The guidelines strongly recommend genetic counseling for the patient before ordering this test. Generally, individuals with a personal diagnosis of early onset (≤50 years) breast cancer, bilateral breast cancer, and/or ovarian cancer and/or a strong family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer are appropriate for BRCAvantage, Comprehensive testing. The person in the family with the earliest diagnosis of breast cancer should be tested first whenever possible.

For more information or to discuss a family history with a Quest Diagnostics genetic counselor, please call 866-GENE-INFO.

Question 3. My patient has a positive result. What does this mean ?

If your patient tests positive for a pathogenic BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, he/she is at significantly increased risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer and other related cancers compared to the general population.

The NCCN provides up-to-date surveillance and management recommendations for mutation carriers (http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/f_guidelines.asp). Referral to an oncology center experienced in treating patients with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation might be considered to discuss options. These options include increased surveillance, chemoprevention, and prophylactic surgery.

Question 4. My patient has a negative result. What does this mean ?

  1. Patient previously diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer

    The familial mutation was not found. Your patient’s risk of recurrence or a related new cancer is based on his/her personal history of cancer. In some instances, it may be appropriate to test for other BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations or hereditary forms of cancer. Call 866-GENE-INFO to discuss possible further studies.
     
  2. Patient not previously diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, but with a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer

    The familial mutation was not found. The patient’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer will likely be the same as that of the general population. Family history of cancers not related to BRCA mutations should be considered.
This FAQ is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. A physician’s test selection and interpretation, diagnosis, and patient management decisions should be based on his/her education, clinical expertise, and assessment of the patient.

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