Those that carry a faulty gene

mdunn10mdunn10 Member Posts: 3
im a 52 yr old who's had Bc twice . Each breast , resulting in 2 lumpectomys a masectomy /lat dorsi. Both sides radiation . Currently taking tamoxifen . Am down for gene testing but earliest appt is November in my area. As I don't tolerate tamoxifen well the plan is to take overies and tubes out. I met with gyno and said I want full hysterectomy but he says no I'll just take tubes and overies and if need b down the track can take the rest . Like I want to keep doing this . Can those tht have been through similar plz give me input. I even read there's a possible link between uterine cancers and braca gene?? Should I b pushing to have all removed?? those with faulty genes wht did u do? 


  • ZoffielZoffiel Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 2,913
    An oophorectomy is a relatively simple procedure. All surgery is risky, of course, but the majority of women seem to recover quickly and have few, if any, physical side effects.

    Hysterectomy is a bit different. I had my ovaries and tubes removed in December just before I started chemo. I too asked about getting rid of the lot and was quite quickly talked out of it. For now. Apart from the issue of needing to recover before chemo, a hysterectomy can have some flow on effects that I really don't need to deal with at the moment.  Yes, thickened endometrium is an issue, but I'm still below the level that is high risk. That will need to be monitored.

    If you are determined to go down that track, have a talk to a couple of different specialists. Marg.
  • CycloCyclo Bayside Melbourne Member Posts: 56
    Cross fingers get my gene test results tomorrow worried about what  the results  might mean for my 37 year old daughter. My mother was diagnosed at 81 and maternal grandmother at 30/41 back then treatment was not as good as now.
  • Hopes_and_DreamsHopes_and_Dreams Gold CoastMember Posts: 756
    Good luck with the results tomorrow @cyclo.
    I hope you are negative but thank goodness we live in an age where we can be forewarned and able to take some steps to protect ourselves. All the best, Jane xx
  • CycloCyclo Bayside Melbourne Member Posts: 56
    Feeling pretty happy and relieved today as gene testing results showed that I don't have a mutation of the bc gene. Happy news for my daughter too who came with me as she doesn't now need to consider prophylactic surgery. So three generations of women in my family have had breast cancer and it's purely coincidental,so it seems.  I assume this  happens a bit in families. I did agree to take part in a research project that is investigating the inherited causes of cancer in high risk hereditary cancer families.  The study will use some of my DNA.  I'm happy to think a little bit of my DNA might assist research in this area. Thanks everyone on this site for their support. I wasn't keen to blog initially but have found it truly helpful to participate particularly when I have been feeling quite fragile about everything to do with bc and my body.  Lyn 
  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 5,295
    edited June 2017
    Great news @Cyclo. My family are the same and our tree is mapped. If new genes found they will retest samples of those past and present to see if they can find an inherited cause. 2 sisters in 6 and a niece of same sister...random or not it is a concern.  Both my niece and I have had bilateral mastectomies. What I know is breast density seems higher in our family and my other sisters all counselled about mammograms etc. I also was ecstatic to find I hadn't inherited my Father's family brac1 gene mutation (very high incidence of ovarian cancer in my Aunts)...and neither did siblings...this we celebrated. 
  • Hopes_and_DreamsHopes_and_Dreams Gold CoastMember Posts: 756
    Wonderful news for you and your family @Cyclo.
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