Dec 30, 2017 08:55PM - edited Dec 30, 2017 09:02PM by anotherjennifer
I was diagnosed with high-grade DCIS this year at age 40 (as a result of my first screening mammogram). I underwent a lumpectomy in September and radiation through the month of October.
I chose to have genetic testing for several reasons. I am relatively young for a DCIS diagnosis. I had been treated for a rare skin cancer (microcystic adnexal carcinoma) at age 35 and my mother had been treated for a sebaceous gland tumor (sometimes associated with Lynch syndrome). I have no family history of breast or ovarian cancers, but there are very few women in my family - other than my mom and two living grandmothers, I have only one aunt and one great aunt.
I tested positive for the RAD50 genetic mutation - a moderate risk mutation for breast and ovarian cancers. The genetic counselor advised that there were no specific recommendations based on my genetic results, but I chose to have my ovaries and tubes removed.
Testing was paid for by my insurance. I’ve notified my brother and cousins. My daughter is 8, so she has some time before testing is called for. I’m hoping they will have better recommendations for RAD50 by that time.
Truth be told, I’m still reeling from the events of the past six months. I’m terrified of what surgical menopause will bring in the coming months and years, but equally terrified of a recurrence or new cancer. I’m not sure that I did the right thing by removing my ovaries, but I don’t know if I could have lived with the uncertainty when there are no good screening options for ovarian cancer.