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I already had BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic testing. I’ve heard that there are new genetic tests now. Do I need more genetic testing?

If you had normal (negative) or inconclusive BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing in the past, additional genetic testing may be helpful for you and your family. Genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 has gotten better over the years, and we also know about other genes. If you are interested in learning more, please schedule an appointment with us. Our team will review your previous test results and figure out whether additional genetic testing may be useful for you.

Can I have genetic testing without genetic counseling?

Our patients must complete genetic counseling prior to testing. Counseling is an important part of the genetic testing process for several reasons. First, testing is complex. There is no single “cancer gene.” In fact, several genes have been associated with hereditary cancers and counseling is a critical part of determining whether genetic testing may be helpful, what test to do, and how to interpret the results of testing. Counseling is also important for explaining the test results. Some test results mean changes should be made to your medical care, while others do not.

Do you see children in your clinic?

We see people of all ages in the UNC Cancer Genetics Clinic. Most hereditary cancer conditions do not cause symptoms in children, but some do. If you have any questions about your specific situation, please call LaTonya Williams, Office Manager, at 919-843-8724.