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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Finally - Results of BRCA Testing - UPDATED

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The doctor called me this morning with the results of the BRCA test.  (See Do You Need A BRCA Test?)

To review a famous case of BRCA testing, click this article.


The doctor informed me that I have what is called CHEK2 Mutation.  HUH????????  . He said that the gene runs in families and increases the chance of breast cancer by 25% to 30%.  Oh, Joy!


He advised me:
  • To do self exams often 
  • Always get my mammographies on time 
  • Continue seeing the breast surgeon.  
  • This runs in families which is why a close family member probably got breast cancer so young
  • He can't tell if it's on my mom's side or dad's side so I need to inform all the women who are considered immediate family on both sides
  • Immediate family consists of  mothers, grandmothers, siblings, children, aunts, first cousins
  • All immediate family should be tested and if positive, should start getting mammographies early.
  • The earlier you catch any cancer, the better chance of survival, hence, why the young women in the family should start screening earlier than the current recommended age. 

I'd rather give the young women in the family this unpleasant news and have them tested and take precaution.  It is better than one day having them come to me with the horrific news that they have breast cancer and it was caught very late!  Knowledge is power.  

I will discuss this with my niece, a Physician's Assistant, too, just to hear what she has to say.  I will also tell my own family Physician Assistant that I've been seeing for years and who I happen to have an appointment with today.


The doctor told me not to Google.  He said I will scare the hell out of myself.  If you are interested in what the Mayo Clinic has to say, click on this article.  I skimmed it.

Remember, it will scare the hell out of you. My advice, talk to your doctor(s).  Request the testing from a Specialist if your doctor thinks it is necessary.  My doctor said it is necessary for all my immediate family!


UPDATE:  Per my visit with the Physician's Assistant at my family doctor's office this afternoon, I should discuss these results with the Breast Surgeon.  I told her I am seeing the Breast Surgeon again in July and that the Hemotologist's office already faxed over the report.  

She said I should discuss removing my ovaries with my Gynecologist and the Breast Surgeon  - I had a hysterectomy in 2007 but they chose to leave the ovaries.  

She also said the Breast Surgeon may want to put me on a 6 month schedule.  I was on that years ago, so, if I did it then, I can do it again! 

We shall see what the Breast Surgeon says!


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5 comments:

  1. Wow, that is very scary for sure. I've had an Aunt and 1 sister with breast cancer. I would never tell you or anyone what treatments you should undertake for yourself And yes, early detection is always the best. What I would like to suggest is that you research and watch The Truth About Cancer docu-series. It's very eye opening and informative and there are lots of successful alternative therapies available that conventional medicine won't/can't tell you about. Praying good health over you!

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    1. Thank you. I will definitely take a look at that. Sounds interesting. I hope your Aunt and sister are doing well.

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    2. Can you post a link or website. When I do a search, a lot comes up. Not sure which one is the correct one/one you are referring to. Thanks so much.

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  2. Wow, that is seriously crazy. I've never even heard about this test. I don't have a family history of Breast Cancer, but it sounds like it is something I should still look into. thanks for the info!

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    1. You are welcome. From my experience, doctors will only recommend it if there's a history and insurance carriers will only approve it for the same. Now... it can't hurt to speak with your own doctor(s) and ask about it. My insurance paid in full, after the doctor sent in written documentation of why he was advising I have the test. My close family member got breast cancer very young. The cancer reappearing in her femur in 2016, requiring immediate emergency surgery, radiation and more medication.

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