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BRCA testing need advice please

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Re: BRCA testing need advice please

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

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Re: BRCA testing need advice please

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! 

 

Good luck

Amy

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Re: BRCA testing need advice please

I totally agree......

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Re: BRCA testing need advice please

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.

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BRCA testing need advice please

Hi my name is Nicole, I have recently turned 20 and I lost my mum to secondary breast cancer nearly 3 years ago. There is a strong family history of breast cancer and a few months ago I visited my doctor for advice about gene testing. I didn’t have many options given to me then and he didn’t help me too much but I was referred to my hospital and got given a booklet which I had to fill out with all of my family members and their relevant medical history which I found very overwhelming and hard to fill in at my young age! Nevertheless I have an appointment next week, but I’m beginning to get very anxious about it and wondering whether I should go through with it. I’m just nervous about what I could uncover if I test positive, and what I’ll do if I am considering I am still so young. If anybody could help to point me in the right direction I would be very grateful!! Thank you