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Dr. Peter Nelson

Human Biology
Dr. Peter Nelson, a member of the Human Biology, Clinical Research and Public Health Sciences divisions at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and senior and corresponding author of the study

Genetic Screening for Inherited Mutations Could Benefit Men With Metastatic Prostate Cancer

  • Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men
  • Inherited mutations are tied to advanced prostate cancer risk
  • Screening for mutations in DNA-repair genes and BRAC1 and BRAC2 genes can benefit men with metastatic prostate cancer.

Genetic screening could help men with prostate cancer find better treatment options. Men with advanced prostate cancer could benefit from screening for mutations in DNA-repair genes including the breast cancer genes (BRAC1 and BRAC2). The study published in The New England Journal of Medicine was led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington.

'DNA repair genes' help maintain the integrity of the genetic code of the cell. If there is a mutation in the DNA repair genes, the DNA is less likely to repaired when there is an aberration in its code thereby increasing the cancer risk of the cell. ...

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