Hi Nicole, I understand this can be totally overwhelming and my advice is to take it one day at a time. I have breast cancer and got genetic testing, I tested positive for the BRCA2 gene, I went for genetic counselling where they discussed my options, which I’d already been through with my breast cancer specialist, so it wasn’t too much info as I’d already been through it before. I have just finished chemotherapy and will be going for a bilateral mastectomy next month and ovary and Fallopian tube removal soon after. I really wish it had been something I’d known about sooner as I’d have loved to have been able to choose to have preventative surgery rather than chemo also. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask ❤️Xx
Hi Nicole, I was diagnosed with BRCA2 gene around a year ago. I’m 26. My Mum has had breast cancer twice in the last five years.
Before I had my blood test to determine my BRCA status I did have to speak with a family history counsellor. They discuss all of the possible outcomes and treatment options. And as mentioned before if you don’t feel ready they can definitely postpone it.
I decided even before my test that I would be having a risk reducing double mastectomy if I proved to carry the gene. I’m now in the process of doing so which involves even more counselling! It’s always worth speaking to your gp if you feel like you need extra support but I’ve also been offered lots of support through the family history clinic.
Hopefully you won’t have the gene but worst case scenario that you do it doesn’t mean your life has to change if you don’t want it to!
Hi Nicole ,I haven’t been through this myself but I’m sure that you have to have some counselling first before you go ahead with the test so if after discussing it you do not feel ready to take the test right now you could leave it and come back at a later date when you feel more able to deal with the outcome .You could ask about this in the Ask the Nurses section they may be able to explain the process to you and what the options would be if the test was positive .I will post you the link .Jill.