Even with significant advances in imaging and our understanding of pancreatic cancer genetics, the survival rates for pancreatic cancer remain quite dismal.
Dr Randel Brand and colleagues from the USA undertook a comprehensive review.
The research team used available medical literature, and also incorporated international expert opinion.
| Those who meet genetic testing criteria should have genetic counselling|
The team found that, although still at an early stage, there are efforts in place to develop surveillance and prevention strategies for people at high risk for pancreatic cancer.
The researchers summarized the predispositions that put people at a high risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
The team evaluated the current status in the counselling and surveillance of these patients.
Dr Brand's team concludes, "It is strongly suggested that those people who meet the criteria for genetic testing should undergo genetic counselling followed by genetic testing using an accredited laboratory."
"In many cases, the main reasons for proceeding with genetic testing may be to intervene for preventable cancers, such as colorectal cancer, or to clarify cancer risks for other family members."