PGD for Cancer Survivors

Eighteen years ago, when our scientists pioneered preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), it was widely understood how it could help very desperate couples build their healthy families. Today, we are able to test for essentially any identified genetic mutation. There are a number of genetic mutations specific to various types of cancer. By using PGD, we can dramatically decrease the risk of a couple passing on the defective genes specific to the cancer.

Families who know they are at heightened risk of passing along genetic diseases to their offspring weigh their reproductive choices carefully. PGD is one of several options and allows us to test for hundreds of mutations. With respect to defective cancer genes, we currently test for:
• Breast Cancer (BRCA1 & 2)
• Neurofibromatosis (NF1, 2)
• Retinoblastoma (RB1)
• Colon Cancer (6 causing genes)
• Fanconi Anemia A, C, D, G
• Bloom Syndrome (BS)
• Ataxia Telangiectasia (AT)
• Von Hipple-Lindeau (VHL)
• Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia, (RET, MEN1)

For more information on using PGD with cancer survivors seeking to build their healthy families, contact one of our Genetic Counselors directly with your specific situation. Reach us at Fertile Hope is also a wonderful organization that helps families who are starting a family who have concerns about cancer.

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