Genetic testing and surveillance of young breast cancer survivors and blood relatives: A cluster randomized trial

Maria C. Katapodi*, Chang Ming, Laurel L. Northouse, Sonia A. Duffy, Debra Duquette, Kari E. Mendelsohn-Victor, Kara J. Milliron, Sofia D. Merajver, Ivo D. Dinov, Nancy K. Janz

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We compared a tailored and a targeted intervention designed to increase genetic testing, clinical breast exam (CBE), and mammography in young breast cancer survivors (YBCS) (diagnosed <45 years old) and their blood relatives. A two-arm cluster randomized trial recruited a random sample of YBCS from the Michigan cancer registry and up to two of their blood relatives. Participants were stratified according to race and randomly assigned as family units to the tailored (n = 637) or the targeted (n = 595) intervention. Approximately 40% of participants were Black. Based on intention-to-treat analyses, YBCS in the tailored arm reported higher self-efficacy for genetic services (p = 0.0205) at 8-months follow-up. Genetic testing increased approximately 5% for YBCS in the tailored and the targeted arm (p ≤ 0.001; p < 0.001) and for Black and White/Other YBCS (p < 0.001; p < 0.001). CBEs and mammograms increased significantly in both arms, 5% for YBCS and 10% for relatives and were similar for Blacks and White/Others. YBCS and relatives needing less support from providers reported significantly higher self-efficacy and intention for genetic testing and surveillance. Black participants reported significantly higher satisfaction and acceptability. Effects of these two low-resource interventions were comparable to previous studies. Materials are suitable for Black women at risk for hereditary breast/ovarian cancer (HBOC).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2526
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • Black participants
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Cascade genetic testing in families
  • Family recruitment
  • HBOC
  • Statewide random sampling
  • Tailored intervention
  • Targeted intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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