NCCN issues new guidelines for genetic testing in prostate cancer patients

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) recently updated their guidelines1 for genetic testing in prostate cancer. Data presented at ASCO 2017 showed that the existing guidelines were too narrow.

The new guidelines recommend consideration of germline genetic testing in the following patients:

  • All men with high-risk, very high-risk, regional, or metastatic prostate cancer
  • All men with any stage prostate cancer and a family history consisting of one (or more) of the following:
    • Brother, father, or multiple family members diagnosed with prostate cancer at <60 years of age; or
    • Family member with a known mutation; or
    • More than one relative with breast, ovarian, or pancreatic cancer (suggests possibility of BRCA2 mutation) or colorectal, endometrial, gastric, ovarian, pancreatic, small bowel, urothelial, kidney, or bile duct cancer (suggests possibility of Lynch syndrome)

Germline genetic testing in castrate-resistant prostate cancer may help guide medical management such as:

  • Genetic counseling
  • Early use of platinum chemotherapy
  • Eligibility for clinical trials with PARP inhibitors
  • Eligibility for pembrolizumab (Keytruda®) in later lines of treatment (following tumor testing for microsatellite instability or mismatch repair deficiency)

Invitae offers comprehensive genetic testing for hereditary prostate cancer, as well as extensive support for both you and your patients, and accessible pricing, including a $250 patient-pay option.

1Referenced with permission from the NCCN: Prostate Cancer. Version 1.2018. © National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Inc. 2018. All rights reserved. Accessed February 26, 2018. To view the most recent and complete version of the guideline, go online to
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