Too many cancers in the family?

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April 11, 2017 at 8:15 am  #1290559    

panas

- Mom, age 67, non smoker, diagnosed with stage IV adenocarcinoma of the lung (passed away after a two years fight).
– Sister, age 41, non smoker diagnosed with stage IIB gastric cancer (doing well after surgical removal of the stomach, chemo and radiation).
– Mom’s brother, age 66, non smoker, diagnosed with leucemia a few days ago. He will have chemo.

Could all these cancers connected genetically? Is there any test that I should take?

April 11, 2017 at 12:09 pm  #1290561    
catdander forum moderator
catdander forum moderator

Hi panas, Welcome to Grace. We don’t have specific information on this subject. Below is an article from cancer.org on the subject, family cancer syndrome that will be of interest.

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/genetics/family-cancer-syndromes.html

I hope your uncle does well with treatment. My brother in law has done quite well with the treatment he had almost 2 years ago.

All best,
Janine

April 12, 2017 at 7:47 am  #1290570    
JimC Forum Moderator
JimC Forum Moderator

Hi panas,

There is a GRACE post on the genetic component of lung cancer, with links to other pages of interest : http://cancergrace.org/lung/2008/08/29/resta-genetic-risk-lung-ca/

JimC
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Jul 2008 Wife Liz (51/never smoker) Dx Stage IV NSCLC EGFR exon 19
4 cycles Carbo/alimta, 65% shrinkage
Tarceva maintenance
Mar 2010 progression, added Alimta, stable
Sep 2010 multiple brain mets, WBR
Oct 2010 large pericardial effusion, tamponade
Jan 2011 progression, start abraxane
Jun 2011-New liver, brain mets, add Tarceva
Oct 2011-Dx Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis; pulsed Tarceva
At rest Nov 4 2011
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