November 1, 2021

November 2021: The potential impact of a PRS-based breast cancer risk assessment

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Polygenic risk scores (PRS) can be an important tool in breast cancer patients to help stratify individuals into levels of disease risk. The clinical utility of PRS is still being evaluated, but what hasn't yet been evaluated is how to communicate such results to patients, and how they respond to their PRS scores.

On this month’s GenePod, Tatiane Yanes, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Queensland and a genetic counselor at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, discusses how a team of researchers surveyed an existing pool of patients that had undergone genetic testing for breast cancer.  “We're really just trying to get an understanding of how someone might respond to receiving this information, and what sort of decisions they might make around their breast cancer risk management”, said Yanes.