How is BRACAnalysis® Performed?
There are now two ways to obtain a sample from the patient for analysis: A small amount of blood can be drawn or an oral sample can be taken using a buccal rinse. The sample is sent to Myriad for DNA sequencing analysis of BRCA1 and BRCA2.
How long does it take for BRACAnalysis results?
Results usually take two weeks and are sent to the ordering healthcare provider.
If a patient has already had breast cancer, what does a positive BRACAnalysis result indicate?
Individualswith a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation are at a greater risk for developing a new ovarian or breast cancer. Knowing a patient’s BRCA status can help to develop a management plan to reduce this risk, or detect another potential cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage. Importantly, a patient’s test results may also have significant meaning for the health of his or her family members.
If no one in her family has had ovarian cancer, should a woman with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation still be concerned?
A woman who carries a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation is at increased risk for both breast and ovarian cancer – even if there are no known cases of ovarian cancer in the family.
Is BRACAnalysis appropriate for men?
Any male with a personal history of breast cancer or a significant family history of breast or ovarian cancer may have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. If a family member has a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, he may have inherited that mutation. Men in this situation should consider testing. Although male breast cancer is rare, men who carry BRCA mutations are more likely to develop breast or prostate cancer. These men also have a 50% chance of passing the mutation on to their children, whether or not they have been diagnosed with cancer.