Navigation Links
UBM Medica's ONCOLOGY to Feature Special Content on Role of Genetic Testing in GI Cancers

NORWALK, Conn., Feb. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Medica's ONCOLOGY and CancerNetwork today announced that the April issue will feature insights by physicians from the clinical genetics service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in which they explain the role of genetic testing in gastrointestinal cancers.

In the article, Kenneth Offit, MD, MPH, and colleagues bring clarity to when, why—and to what end—to refer patients for genetic testing for GI cancers. Using a case-based approach to illustrate what is known and unknown about weak and strong hereditary factors for GI cancers, the authors demonstrate how this knowledge can be used to improve outcomes in those who are predisposed to developing these malignancies.

"While there has been extraordinary attention paid by oncologists ... to inherited breast and ovarian cancer, the syndromes of predisposition to colon, gastric, and other GI cancers are of equal importance," said Dr. Offit, who is currently Chief of the Clinical Genetics Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. He noted that although "the genetics of hereditary colon cancer, for example, appears much more complex than breast cancer, as it involves several genes and dominant as well as recessive forms of inheritance," genetic counseling and testing for colon cancer risk has an important advantage: the availability of targeted endoscopic surveillance to remove premalignant lesions. The authors point out that "there are relatively few diseases in which early identification of at-risk individuals can have such dramatic outcomes from primary disease prevention."

The authors include Kasmintan Schrader, MD, Kenneth Offit, MD, MPH, and Zsofia K. Stadler, MD. Dr. Offit is known world-wide for his work in cancer genetics. It was his research group that in 1996 first described the common genetic mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that are associated with increased breast cancer risk.

About UBM Medica

Addressing today's healthcare information needs, UBM Medica, a division of UBM plc (UBM.L), delivers strategic, integrated communications solutions and comprehensive reach—online, in print, live, and via custom programs. Improving the effectiveness of healthcare through information and education, UBM Medica provides unbiased clinical, practical, and business information for physicians, providers, payers, and patients around the world. Through journals, magazines, websites, drug databases, data services, live events, and other valuable resources, UBM Medica also delivers comprehensive communication solutions for the pharmaceutical and related industries. US websites include,,,,, and  Employing more than 1,400 people with offices in 29 countries, UBM Medica is headquartered in London.  For more information, visit

Media contact:
Amy Erdman
Director of Marketing

Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Paper in International Journal of Oncology Reports Alfacells ONCONASE(R) Suppresses Intracellular Oxidative Stress
2. HistoRx and Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Initiate Brain Tumor Biomarker Research Partnership
3. Genasense(R) Data in Melanoma to be Presented in Opening Session at First Worldwide Melanoma Center Meeting of the European Association of Dermato-Oncology
4. Oncology Drugs Development Update - Worldwide Markets and Forecasts of Approved EGFr/HEr2 Inhibitors, Treatment Costs, Pathway Analysis, Current and Expanded Clinical Indications, and Novel Agents in Development
5. Strategic Diagnostics Launches Initial Oncology-Targeted Antibody Reagent Catalog
6. University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Study Shows Significant Differences in English- and Spanish-speakers Use of Oncology Websites
7. Statement by US Oncology on FDA Label on Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents (ESAs)
8. Pharsight Uses FDA Disease Model to Support Oncology Drug Development
9. US Oncology Research Network Presents Clinical Studies at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium
10. IDM Pharma Announces Phase 3 Mifamurtide (L-MTP-PE) Study Demonstrating Improved Survival Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology
11. Preliminary PI-88 Phase 2 Prostate Cancer Results to be Presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2008 Genitourinary Cancer Symposium
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/24/2015)... Connecticut , November 24, 2015 ... of Acadiana has entered into a multi-year agreement ... imaging centers. This investment will provide the Breast Center ... --> Sectra (STO: SECT B) announces that ... agreement to deploy Breast Imaging PACS in its ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015  Ascendant Solutions, Inc. (Pink Sheets: ... its Board of Directors has declared a special 1 percent ... dividend is payable December 14, 2015, to shareholders of record ... form of additional shares of common stock. ... Board is a strong endorsement of our confidence in Ascendant,s ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... -- iRhythm Technologies, Inc. , a leading digital health care ... will participate in the 27th Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference at ... . Kevin King , Chief Executive Officer of ... 8:50am ET. --> --> ... . --> iRhythm is a privately held ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Preparing for the LDT Regulation:, CLIA Won’t Satisfy the FDA, ... , FDA has long asserted that design and manufacture of Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) ... not meet the device regulations. , Come up short in an inspection and the ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... Richey, FL (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... deems a growing epidemic as deaths from prescription opioids in the United States grew ... and cocaine. In 2013 alone, opioids were involved in 37 percent of all fatal ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... American Family Care (AFC), the ... of a holiday pop-up clinic located in Metro Atlanta’s North Point Mall. The clinic ... and different way. The location is scheduled to operate through Dec. 24. , Holiday ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... Cold Shoulder , LLC launched ... Kickstarter last week and hit their goal of $20,000 in under 10 hours. ... aims to bring the new PRO Weight Loss Vest to the market. , The PRO ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... its exceptional customer service: the TrustDale certification. The award recognizes good companies for ... stone honing , tile and grout, and hard surface restoration company earned this ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):