Helen L. Hanson

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Background:Triple-negative (TN) tumours are the predominant breast cancer subtype in BRCA1 mutation carriers. Recently, it was proposed that all individuals below 50 years of age with TN breast cancer should be offered BRCA testing. We have evaluated the BRCA1 mutation frequency and the implications for clinical practice of undertaking genetic testing in(More)
Germline mutations in the gene CBL (Casitas B-lineage lymphoma), involved in the RAS-MAPK signaling pathway, have been found as a rare cause of the neuro-cardio-facial-cutaneous syndromes. Somatically acquired homozygous CBL mutations were initially identified in association with myeloproliferative disorders, particularly juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia(More)
It has been suggested previously that patients with terminal deletions of chromosome 10q have a recognizable phenotype including a characteristic facial appearance combined with other abnormalities including mental retardation, cardiac and anogenital anomalies. We report the largest published series of new cases of terminal 10q deletion, including eight(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Alport syndrome (AS) is a predominantly X-linked hereditary nephritis associated with high-tone, sensorineural deafness and characteristic eye signs. Clinical diagnostic criteria were defined in 1988. Most cases result from mutations in the X-linked collagen gene COL4A5, with mutations in the autosomal genes COL4A3 and COL4A4 on(More)
INTRODUCTION The Li-Fraumeni Syndrome is caused by a germline TP53 mutation and is associated with a high risk of breast cancer at young ages. Basal (triple negative) breast cancers are now well recognised to be a typical sub-type of breast cancer developing in a large proportion of BRCA1 gene carriers. We considered whether a similar narrow sub-type of(More)
In the United Kingdom, current screening guidelines for TP53 germline mutation carriers solely recommends annual breast MRI, despite the wide spectrum of malignancies typically seen in this group. This study sought to investigate the role of one-off non-contrast whole-body MRI (WB MRI) in the screening of asymptomatic TP53 mutation carriers. 44 TP53(More)
Technological advances in DNA sequencing have made gene testing fast and more affordable. Evidence of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of genetic service models is essential for the successful translation of sequencing improvements for patient benefit, but remain sparse in the genetics literature. In particular, there is a lack of detailed cost data(More)
Advances in DNA sequencing have made genetic testing fast and affordable, but limitations of testing processes are impeding realisation of patient benefits. Ovarian cancer exemplifies the potential value of genetic testing and the shortcomings of current pathways to access testing. Approximately 15% of ovarian cancer patients have a germline BRCA1 or BRCA2(More)