Screening Tumors for Lynch Syndrome is Cost-Effective

Screening all new colon and rectal cancer tumors for markers that might indicate Lynch syndrome not only saves future lives, it is cost effective according to a new study. In order for tumor screening to be cost-effective, not only should new tumors be tested, but family members need to follow through with genetic testing after a…  Read More

Pre-Surgical MSI Testing for Young Patients

Digestive Disease Week 2011 Update Finding colorectal cancer patients with Lynch syndrome helps both patients and their families to prevent cancer. Lynch patients are at high risk for a second or third colon cancer, so identifying them before their colorectal surgery may change the operation planned.  Surgeons may want to remove the entire colon to prevent…  Read More

Does Colorectal Cancer Run in Your Family?

Miss last week’s webinar?  It’s right here. Listen to Dr. Henry Lynch talk about his early experience with families with unusually high numbers of colorectal and other cancers.  Hear what he has to say about finding families at risk and preventing cancer deaths. Lynch syndrome survivor, Kate Murphy, shares her own story and that of her…  Read More

Widespread Early Screening for Lynch Syndrome is Cost-Effective . . . and Saves Lives

If doctors ask  healthy people simple questions about cancers in their families, they can find people who are at increased risk for Lynch syndrome, an inherited condition that greatly increases risk for colorectal and uterine cancer. Doctors can use a simple set of screening questions available online to pinpoint an individual’s risk before that person ever…  Read More

Is Breast Cancer Linked to Lynch Syndrome?

Although breast cancer has not traditionally been considered one of the cancers associated with Lynch syndrome, evidence is building that there might be a link. Breast cancer may actually be with in the spectrum of Lynch cancers. An Australian team reviewing the pathology of breast cancers in women who carried a mutation for Lynch syndrome (…  Read More

Annual Colonoscopy for Lynch Syndrome

Annual colonoscopies for people with Lynch syndrome (HNPCC or hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer) successfully find cancers at an early stage. A recent study by the German HNPCC Consortium confirmed the effectiveness of annual colonoscopies to find colorectal cancers at a curable stage.  Regular colonoscopies found early cancers more often than did patient symptoms. Current recommendations are…  Read More