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Breast Cancer: Post Treatment: 6 Months Plus: Medical Care

Think About Gene Testing

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There are two genes which increase the risk of breast cancer returning. If you have not been tested, speak with your oncologist about whether to do do gene testing. If you have the gene, you may want to consider taking such steps as having a bilateral mastectomy (having both breasts removed).

According to the American Cancer Society: Doctors will sometimes suggest patients have genetic testing if others in their family have had a certain disease. If you have any of the following, you might consider genetic testing for yourself:

  • Several first-degree relatives (mother, father, sister, brother) with cancer, especially the same type of cancer.
  • Family members who developed cancer at a young age.
  • Close relatives with rare cancers.
  • A known genetic mutation in the family (from one or more family members who had genetic testing).

The American Cancer Society has an extensive discussion about gene therapy, including what genetic testing is, who should get it, payment, what happens during the process (including counseling), and what to do if the test shows you have an increased risk. To learn more, click here. offsite link

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