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How does genetic testing help

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Patient about 8 years
 
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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    Genetic testing helps if you have a family history of breast cancer and your brca1 and brca2 (the two genes that are currently being tested) is positive it makes it easier for family members to receive preventive care and monitoring male or female , for any of the reproductive types of cancers. Breast ovarian prostrate or testicular. As for a women with breast cancer if her gene testing is positive then it gives her other choices to think about. Mastectomy over lumpectomy. Hysterectomy with removal her ovaries. They also might want to treat her a little more aggressive with chemo and radiation. Gene testing is very expensive when I had it done in 2008 it cost $3000 I paid 10% $300 it was covered by my insurance as I met the criteria being 43 when first diagnosed and having a strong family history of breast cancer and prostate cancer. My results were negative go figure. I did it for my sister and my daughter. They could have been monitored more closely if it came back positive. Having the gene testing does not in any way say you will or will not get breast cancer it is just another tool to help make decisions for your course of treatment. Hope that helps
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  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    Genetic testing helps if you have a family history of breast cancer and your brca1 and brca2 (the two genes that are currently being tested) is positive it makes it easier for family members to receive preventive care and monitoring male or female , for any of the reproductive types of cancers. Breast ovarian prostrate or testicular. As for a women with breast cancer if her gene testing is positive then it gives her other choices to think about. Mastectomy over lumpectomy. Hysterectomy with removal her ovaries. They also might want to treat her a little more aggressive with chemo and radiation. Gene testing is very expensive when I had it done in 2008 it cost $3000 I paid 10% $300 it was covered by my insurance as I met the criteria being 43 when first diagnosed and having a strong family history of breast cancer and prostate cancer. My results were negative go figure. I did it for my sister and my daughter. They could have been monitored more closely if it came back positive. Having the gene testing does not in any way say you will or will not get breast cancer it is just another tool to help make decisions for your course of treatment. Hope that helps
    about 8 years Comment Flag

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