Dr. Tomasz M. Beer on BRCA Gene Defects in Advanced Prostate Cancer

Beer says that while BRCA is normally associated with breast cancer, the gene is found in up to 20% of advanced prostate cancers. He says of this 20% patient population, roughly half inherit the BRCA gene and the other half acquire it.

Tomasz M. Beer, MD, FACP, deputy director, Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, discusses DNA repair defects and how BRCA genes play a role in prostate cancer. Beer says that while BRCA is normally associated with breast cancer, the gene is found in up to 20% of advanced prostate cancers. He says of this 20% patient population, roughly half inherit the BRCA gene and the other half acquire it.