A member asked:

Brain tumor is a genetic disease ?my father had this disease it may affect me in my future ? if yes means what i want to do?

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Dr. Ed Kaplan answered

Specializes in Hematology and Oncology

Depends: Usually not genetic, but glioblastoma or grade iii glioma can be part of the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (hboc) form a mutated brca gene.

Answered 6/24/2013


Dr. Anna-Kaisa Niemi answered

Specializes in Clinical Genetics

Recommend evaluation: Most brain tumors are not inherited. But it depends on the type and other associated conditions a patient has. If there are many cancers in a family at an early age, especially if rare cancers, the risk of them being inherited increases. Only about 5% of brain tumors are linked to a genetic condition. But if you are worried i recommend genetic counseling at cancer genetics clinic.

Answered 5/8/2015



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Does genetics play a role in developing a brain tumor?

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