Certain tumors, for example medullary carcinoma of the thyroid, are associated with well-defined genetic alterations. It is important to determine if an individual with medullary carcinoma has a genetic alteration. There is a strong possibility it may be transmitted to their children who should also be tested. Cedars-Sinai experts then perform analysis of the RET oncogene. In addition, Cedars-Sinai has the capability of performing genetic analysis on thyroid cancer specimens that are removed in order to profile them, which may be helpful for determining the degree of aggressiveness of the tumor.
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