Topic: Any identical twins out there where one has been diagnosed???

Forum: High Risk for Breast Cancer — Due to family history, genetics, or other factors.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2010 09:40AM - edited Feb 3, 2010 09:42AM by Frankie_

Posted on: Feb 3, 2010 09:40AM - edited Feb 3, 2010 09:42AM by Frankie_

Frankie_ wrote:

Just wondering if there are any identical twins here where one has been diagnosed with bc and later the other twin was also diagnosed. Since identical twins share identical DNA I was wondering if there are many twins here on this site. I am an identical twin and was recently diagnosed in Septemeber 2009 and currently undergoing treatments. I worry about my twin since she is at "high risk". If you are a twin please feel free to chime in to share your story.


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We can't go back and change the beginning but we can go forward and change the ending... Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, that's why they call it the present. Org. Dx Sept/09 Stage IIIA Dx Stage IV Aug/10 Dx 9/29/2009, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 8/8 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Feb 3, 2010 10:39AM wallycat wrote:

I am a fraternal twin.

My sister is still cancer free---and I hope she remains so!

Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Feb 3, 2010 10:44AM apple wrote:

nothing like a set of beautiful twins!

you can use the search function in the upper left hand corner... 2,400 posts came up with the word twin in it.

peace and love, apple - ..... Mary Magdalen Dx 4/10/2008, IDC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 4/9 nodes, mets, ER+, HER2+
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Feb 3, 2010 11:04AM Joviangeldeb wrote:

Hi. I have identical twin sisters.  One was diagnosed with breast cancer, and so far the other twin has not, but they're keeping a close eye.


Debbie Dx 10/1/2007, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 3, 2010 11:18AM BrendaLea wrote:

I also have an identical twin and fortunately she does not have bc. My onc recommended that I get the BRCA gene testing because of both my age (31 when dx'd) and because of my twin. Thankfully I tested negative. Had I tested positive they were going to advise her to remove both breasts and ovaries. She now has a mammo ever year and with any luck she will remain cancer free.


Dx 6/26/2006, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 3, 2010 01:30PM KinAZ wrote:

I have cousins who are identical twins....We lost Bonnie to bc in 1995....Connie remains cancer free.  I think this is a very interesting subject...

best wishes to all

Dx 3/25/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 6, 2010 01:47AM lovemyfamilysomuch wrote:

My beautiful twin sister carried me through treatment and I pray to God that she never have bc.  It scares me to even think about it

Dx 10/14/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 6, 2010 04:10AM leaf wrote:

This study looked at identical twin pairs and took skin flaps from the non-affected to help reconstruct the affected twin who had a mastectomy.

This study thought mammographic density had a heritable basis in 66% of pairs.

This study looked at age at puberty in identical twins and breast cancer

Classic LCIS.If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them- Isaac Asimov Dx 12/8/2005, LCIS, ER+/PR- Surgery 1/24/2006 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 7/15/2006 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 6, 2010 04:30AM Kate0574 wrote:

I think that another factor that is inportant is if there is a family history, both of my parents are twins so when I was diagnosed that was a question we asked... just out of curiosity.... and my oncologist said that any sibling would have the same chance whether twin or not if there was a family history or no family history. hope this makes sense...

Dx 3/9/2007, DCIS, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 1, 2010 01:49AM ssanders wrote:

My twin was just diagnosed. We are Identical and I do not have breast cancer. We are 46.

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Mar 1, 2010 02:12AM heatherbless wrote:

hi frankie--I am also an identical twin.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 41 and we also have the BRCA2 gene.  My twin sister was then diagnosed with ampullary cancer at age 42--which was really kind of unique.  It has been a very rough year.  This is a great topic though and I would love to talk to any identical twins.  best, heather

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. Mother Teresa Dx 10/1/2008, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 11/6/2015, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to brain/bone/liver, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+, Chemotherapy 12/18/2015 Taxotere (docetaxel)

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