BRCA2, familial breast-ovarian cancer susceptibility 2


Is there a treatment for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer caused by BRCA2 gene mutations?

There is no treatment that can cure Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) syndrome. However, there are options available to reduce the risk of developing cancer. These options include:

  • Increased cancer screening
  • Risk-reducing surgery
  • Medications (Tamoxifen)
  • Lifestyle changes

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network has management guidelines for BRCA2 gene mutation carriers. These guidelines are updated frequently, so please review the current recommendations by visiting the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Management recommendations vary by age. Talking with a healthcare provider with expertise in HBOC syndrome can help someone determine the best medical management and risk-reduction options for their situation.

SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • • DATE UPDATED: 2019-07-09


National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast and Ovarian (Version 2.2016).

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