Digging Deep into the Genome: What Genetic Testing Can (and Can’t) Tell Us about Ovarian Cancer

Expert faculty for this 30-minute webinar will include a pathologist and a gynecologic oncologist. Faculty will summarize the latest guidelines on genes that should be tested in ovarian cancer and the appropriate identification of patients who should receive testing. The benefits and limitations of various testing technologies will be discussed (e.g., multigene panel testing), as well as the utility of measuring other indicators of genomic instability (e.g., HRD, LOH, etc.). Additionally, there will be a focus on strategies to properly interpret results as a means to identify patients who may benefit from PARP inhibitors.

Target Audience

Gynecologic oncologists, medical oncologists, gynecologists, and other members of the healthcare team who manage patients with ovarian cancer.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss recent updates to national recommendations on genetic testing and counseling and appropriate identification of patients who should receive testing.
  • Examine best practices in the selection of which biomarkers to test for, the use of various testing panels, and the appropriate interpretation of results.

Supported through an independent educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline.

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United States

Beth Y. Karlan, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Women’s Health Research
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Director, Cancer Population Genetics
UCLA-Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
                             Los Angeles, CA


Joseph W. Carlson, MD, PhD
Professor of Clinical Pathology
Department of Pathology
USC Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California
                             Los Angeles, CA


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Beth Y. Karlan, MD–has disclosed that she is an advisor or consultant to Bluestar Genomics, F. Hoffmann-LaRoche, Ltd., FUJIFILM Pharmaceuticals USA, Grail, Inc., and Mercy BioAnalytics, Inc. She also receives research support from Aravive, Inc., Immunogen, Incyte Corporation, Merck & Co., Inc., Mersana Therapeutics, and Zentalis Pharmaceuticals.

Joseph W. Carlson, MD, PhD–has no relevant financial relationships to disclose in relation to the content of this activity.

Peer Reviewer:
Pamela Peters, MD–has disclosed that she receives grant funding from Foundation for Women's Cancer.

CEC Staff/Planners:
Susan H. Gitzinger, PharmD, MPA–has no relevant financial relationships to disclose in relation to the content of this activity.
Tina L. Trieu, PharmD–has no relevant financial relationships to disclose in relation to the content of this activity.
Jessica Hall–has no relevant financial relationships to disclose in relation to the content of this activity.

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Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 Participation
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