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Which lung cancer patients should have genetic testing?

If you developed lung cancer and you had two first- degree relatives -- brother or sister, mom or dad, or aunt or uncle -- who also had lung cancer, we would refer you for genetic testing. There is ongoing research, and they’re getting closer to identifying the “lung cancer gene.” There's probably going to be more than one genetic defect, beyond more than one chromosome, and there will be groups of patients that are at increased risk. We haven’t yet identified the gene, and there’s certainly not a commercially available genetic test for increased risk of lung cancer, but research is ongoing. We would refer you to our genetic counselors and then provide you with information about the national trial, so we can add that information to our body of knowledge.

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