Hereditary prostate cancer – Primetime for genetic testing?

Isabel Heidegger, Igor Tsaur, Hendrik Borgmann, Christian Surcel, Alexander Kretschmer, Romain Mathieu, Pieter De Visschere, Massimo Valerio, Roderick C.N. van den Bergh, Piet Ost, Derya Tilki, Giorgio Gandaglia, Guillaume Ploussard

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Prostate cancer (PCa) remains the most common cancer in men. The proportion of all PCa attributable to high-risk hereditary factors has been estimated to 5–15%. Recent landmark discoveries in PCa genetics led to the identification of germline mutations/alterations (eg. BRCA1, BRCA2, ATM or HOXB13), single nucleotide polymorphisms or copy number variations associated with PCa incidence and progression. However, offering germline testing to men with an assumed hereditary component is currently controversial. In the present review article, we provide an overview about the epidemiology and the genetic basis of PCa predisposition and critically discuss the significance and consequence in the clinical routine. In addition, we give an overview about genetic tests and report latest findings from ongoing clinical studies. Lastly, we discuss the impact of genetic testing in personalized therapy in advanced stages of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101927
JournalCancer Treatment Reviews
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


  • Genetic testing
  • Hereditary
  • Precision oncology
  • Prostate cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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