Posts Tagged ‘brca’

I feel my “BRCA vacation” is coming to an end. I haven’t heard a word from my genetics counselor and I feel I must take action. Odd that she really impressed me at our meeting, but she’s completely dropped the ball since then. She had several tasks that she was going to follow up with […]


I just scheduled my first appointment today with the cancer agency. I will be meeting with a genetic counsellor to discuss whether I want to be tested for a mutation in the breast cancer genes. Just two weeks from today. Things are moving forward and I am taking action. It feels great! Perhaps that sounds […]


Stuck

08Jan10

This last week I have been feeling much more optimistic about all things BRCA-related in my life.  I feel like I have already read about the worst case scenarios.  I have found that 85% risk of breast cancer is really the highest published stat for BRCA2 mutation carriers.  Other studies find less, and when you […]


The more I look on the Internet for information on hereditary breast cancer and the BRCA genes, the more disinformation I find. I think some of the inane comments I have seen are due to a general lack of knowledge of genetics and the risks of BRCA mutations. I was pretty clueless myself just a […]


If you are in the U.S., the only place where you can legally get genetic testing for BRCA mutations is Myriad Genetics. Myriad owns the patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. The current list cost of the comprehensive test is $3120 USD. (No idea if that includes taxes and other fees.) While some insurance […]


I just called the cancer agency today to follow up on my BRCA testing referral. Here in Canada, I need a doctor’s referral to the cancer agency for genetic counselling and testing. I just moved to Canada four months ago. So first I had to find a doctor, which everyone will tell you is very […]


Found an article from last year’s U.S. News and World Report called BRCA Mutations Don’t Raise Breast Cancer Risk Equally. This was the topic of my post on Risk Diversity. Happy to see there is some mainstream news on it, but as the researcher quoted in the article notes: “To some extent, people have traditionally […]


Risk Diversity

20Dec09

I have referred to different risks for the different positions of BRCA2 mutations, but I haven’t explained where I got this idea. It’s comes from a 2004 study done by Polish, Canadian, and American researchers. The study looked at cancer cases in 440 families with BRCA2 mutations. It finds further evidence of the Ovarian Cancer […]


Nearly every discussion on how to manage the risk for BRCA mutation carriers goes back to the preventive surgeries: mastectomy and oophorectomy. But while these surgeries are very effective for reducing risk, they are not without their own risks. Mastectomy can affect sexuality and body image. To me, these risks seem manageable. I feel they […]


Follow up to my previous post: I found a very nice response to inane comments directed at Lizzie Stark after coming publicly about her mastectomy. The writer of that response, Steph, also wrote another more general response to handling negative reactions from people about prophylactic mastectomy. Actually the link I posted earlier was a later […]