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    Could gbms be genetic?

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      I'm not sure about this particular cancer, but I had thyroid cancer and my maternal grandmother also had it. It is genetic in families, yet only 2 out of 50 people got it (so far). So, I think sometimes, environmental factors may come into play. Like where do you live, work, etc.

      about 2 years ago
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      Hi Susan, Genetic testing is a wonderful field but it is still in it's infancy! You are right there could be a genetic link to your cancer, but they may not have the right testing available yet to find it. But if I were you, I would ask your oncologist to order every genetic test that is available to you. And also ask about genetic DNA testing for targeted therapy. That is a new field as well and it hasn't been developed yet for every single cancer- so they might not have it yet for gbms- but I would at least ask your oncologist.

      about 2 years ago
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    Multiple Family Members With GBM's

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      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

      about 2 years ago
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      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

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