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    Asked by mwaterbury on Saturday, April 27, 2013

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    A family member has been diagnosed as having a BRCA gene, is worried about the possibile link between this gene and a particularly agressive form of breast cancer which she has heard about, doesn't know the name of. (She has been told that she has an 84% chance of developing breast cancer.) Any information would be appreciated.

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    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      I too have received the BRCA1 gene diagnosis and am interested in the answers you get. I have been told of the risk and it has been recommended to do prophylactic breast surgery & reconstruction after I get through my current chemo for Fallopian tube cancer.

      over 3 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      The most informative breast cancer site I have found is www.breastcancer.org. I suggest this family member make an appointment with a good oncologist to discuss this. I wish you all the best. It is frightening I am sure.

      over 3 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar

      I agree with SandiD about the website she mentions...also your cancer center may have an MD/NP who specializes in genetic counseling...my nurse practitioner was wonderfully helpful and knowledgeable...I would contact someone at your cancer centeras soon as possible to discuss your options...good luck and God bless!

      over 3 years ago
    • MarS676's Avatar

      I believe the "particularly aggressive form of breast cancer" you are referring to is triple negative breast cancer. I have that form of cancer and my team was very concerned at diagnosis that I would be BRCA positive (which I'm not). I've also read a lot of TNBC and aside from being a "young woman's" breast cancer it is very common in women who are BRCA positive.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Testing positive for either of the BRCA mutations means that you are of greater risk in developing aggressive breast or ovarian cancer (depends which one you test positive for). It doesn't mean you will develop either of these cancers, but if you do, it will be a more aggressive form.

      This is just information and statistics, and can help your family member if and when she needs to make a decision.

      Most women who are diagnosed with ovarian and/or breast cancer don't have the mutation. Most women with the mutation don't develop breast cancer.

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      The concern with these tests is that has been long enough research to determine the percentages within a statistical significance factor? So SueRae is correct, I did not have this and got breast cancer. It is not in my family, but I've always had hormone issues ..goofed up periods, etc. I think there may be more correlation there but there is no research. So, I'd continue to be monitored, see a good breast surgeon and oncologist so that you have a relationship with them and try not to worry.

      over 3 years ago
    • Julie99's Avatar

      I found my lump and although I didn't have a strong family history, I tested positive for BRCA-2. (made my decision easy from maybe a lumpectomy to a bilateral mastectomy). When I finish chemo and radiation for bc, I will start thinking about what I want to do for my increased risk of ovarian cancer.
      One site I found very helpful for genetic mutations is facingourrisk.org.

      over 3 years ago
    • LisaD@StF's Avatar

      If possible meet with a breast surgeon and a genetic counselor so that they can further review your risk and your options for treatments that you can do now as possible prevention. They can also review changes you can make to your lifestyle for reducing your risk.

      over 3 years ago

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