Clinical Outcomes In Individuals With An Inherited Predisposition To Breast Cancer [ 2001 - 2003 ]

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Researchers: Prof Kelly-Anne Phillips (Principal investigator) ,  A/Pr Sue-Anne Mclachlan Prof Geoffrey Lindeman Prof John Hopper Prof Michael Friedlander
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Brief description Genes have recently been identified which, when abnormal, result in an inherited tendency towards developing breast cancer (BC). It is now possible to undergo testing for abnormalities in these genes. However, there is little known about the best ways to prevent cancer or detect it early in individuals with such a gene abnormality. In addition, it is possible that BCs occuring in women with a gene abnormality might behave differently (have a different prognosis and thus require different treatment) from other BCs. Answers to these important questions are essential for women to be able to make informed decisions about how best to reduce their risk of developing, or dying from, BC. This study will examine the clinical outcomes of individuals (both those who have not yet developed cancer and those who have) with an inherited tendency to BC. The study has 2 components; each builds on one of 2 existing Australian studies of hereditary BC 1) Is the likely clinical outcome (prognosis) different for BC patients with a gene abnormality compared to those without? The cancer and treatment details of BC patients in Melbourne and Sydney who are already enrolled in the Australian Breast Cancer Family Study will be examined to determine whether those with a gene abnormality have a better or worse outcome than those without. 2) What factors impact on the clinical outcome (development of cancer) in well individuals with an inherited tendency to BC? An Australia-wide study of inherited BC (kConFab) has recruited families with a strong family history of BC. The family history, lifestyle, exposure to female hormones, cancer screening and preventive surgery details of all individuals in the study will be collected 3 years following study entry. Ultimately this information should help determine how best to prevent cancer in such individuals.

Funding Amount $AUD 606,015.16

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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