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Breast cancer genetic clinic


Most women who develop breast cancer have no family history of the disease. However, when there is a strong family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer, the possibility of inheriting an abnormal gene linked to higher breast cancer risk. BRCA1, BRCA2, and PALB2 are the most well-known genes that are associated with breast cancer. The function of the BRCA and PALB2 genes is to keep breast cells growing normally and prevent any cancer cell growth. Mutations in these genes do not allow them to function normally. The mutated genes can be passed from generation to generation (from mother or father) with an increase in the breast cancer risk.

At the breast cancer genetics clinic, we give genetic counselling that helps to understand the risks, benefits, and limitations of genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer.

Guidance about genetic testing, implications of genetics testing for the family , insurance and employment uncertainties, family planning considerations , screening and risk reducing strategies are all carefully dealt with before ordering genetic testing.

These sessions are held on appointment basis only.

 

Authored by Dr. Selvi Radhakrishna

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