Sep 9, 2019 10:59PM - edited Sep 10, 2019 08:23AM by ShawnaB
What led you to doing the testing?
Was very pressured by my breast specialist who does my yearly screenings. Mom had trip neg at 42 and survived. Zero cancer in her family, and she tested negative for mutations. Nevertheless, my doctor still wanted me to test.
What were your results, and what choices have you made based on the findings?
Negative for all BC mutations. Positive for heterogenous MUTYH. Doesn't chance my choices. Still continuing with my regular every-6-month BC screening based on family history and breast density. Will follow recommendations for colonoscopies, as already planned.
Was payment an issue? Paid cash, $300
How have you discussed these decisions with your family?
I let my sister know that I was having genetic testing and offered to share the results with her if you wants. I'll share with my kids eventually, but its not relevant at their ages.
What suggestions would you have for others?
ASK YOUR DOCTOR what he/she plans to test you for prior to submitting to genetic testing. My doctor, without my knowledge, checked for mutations in 81 different genes, most of which had nothing to do with BC, and some that, should I had been positive, have no actionable risk reductions. Make sure you are prepared for the implications of your results. Some doctors believe that everyone should know everything that they possibly can about their genetic mutations. Make sure you agree with them, before testing. Get some good genetic counseling on these issues before you decide to test, to evaluate what you do want to know, and what you don't.
Also, be aware that the technology to identify gene mutations seems to surpass the medical community's ability to interpret the meaning of those findings.