• Multiple Family Members With GBM's

    Asked by YogaGirl on Friday, July 25, 2014

    Multiple Family Members With GBM's

    Many doctors have told me that GBM's are not genetic; however, my grandfather, my sister and I have had stage 4 GBM's. My grandfather and my sister have passed. I'm a 4 year survivor. Is anyone aware of a family, genetic, history of brain tumors? I want to do genetic testing, but no one can point me in the right direction of a certain test I could take? Any thoughts, advice. Many blessings, Susan.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • Carool's Avatar

      Apology if you've tried this rather obvious suggestion: You might contact a few major cancer centers (MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Dana-Farber), to see if any of them are interested in exploring this with you. It may be just coincidence that so many family members got the same kind of cancer, but, as you say, it might be something genetic that can be discovered, or environmental, as another Whatnexter said. Whatever the cause(s), cancer researchers might help. Good luck with your search - Carool

      almost 5 years ago
    • aroache's Avatar

      Unfortunately the knowledge base for this condition is very limited, however during my girlfriends treatment we met with a genetics researcher who pointed out that there was information in this study that indicated a genetic abnormality in males that maybe a contributing factor in the development of this condition. Place a called to Penn Medicine Oncology at the Perelman Cancer Research Center. Good Luck

      almost 5 years ago

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