• If one of my family members has pancreatic cancer, then do I need to be tested for the brach gene?

    Asked by walshmeister on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    If one of my family members has pancreatic cancer, then do I need to be tested for the brach gene?

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    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      If you are talking about the BRCA gene, that is a gene mutation, that if you have it, increases your chances of breast and ovarian cancer, not pancreatic cancer. I am not sure if there is a gene that pre-disposes you to pancreatic cancer or a test for it.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      There is a connection with the BRCA gene, but it is the BRCA 2 gene; I am attaching a link. I actually have a few patients with this connection. I have a patient who has a history of breast cancer in her family and has 2 primaries; breast and ovarian, and her father passed from pancreatic cancer. I had another patient who died from ovarian cancer who lost both a daughter and a son to pancreatic cancer, so depending on your family history, it couldn't hurt to be tested. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ono11's Avatar

      Were one to test positive for this gene, what would happen to future health insurance applications?

      over 3 years ago
    • JMS's Avatar

      When I was diagnosed, I asked my doctor that question and she responded that my family wouldn't be more at risk of developing pancreatic cancer just because I did. That said, I do have an uncle who died of pancreatic cancer. And, my sister and brother immediately rushed off to their doctors to be tested. Their results were negative (fortunately) and their doctors also told them they were not at greater risk just because their sister had developed the disease. Not a totally definitive response, but there it is ..... JMS

      over 3 years ago
    • walshmeister's Avatar

      Thanks for the answers, I didn't know exactly what the gene was.

      over 3 years ago
    • Blepta's Avatar

      The website for FORCE http://www.facingourrisk.org/ has a wealth of information about genetic cancer risk. In my experience, it's possible that there could be a genetic component in this case, but I would be much more concerned if there were multiple family members with cancer. For example, on my maternal grandfather's side of the family there are more than 30 people who have had cancer. On all other branches of the family tree there are very few.

      over 3 years ago

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