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Jul 16, 2018 06:57PM
Jul 16, 2018 06:59PM
My family tree is rife with cancer, mostly breast, uterine, lung, colon, thyroid, and pancreatic cancers. I had never heard of genetic testing until my BC was diagnosed. Turns out I have Chek2 and PALB2. No wonder I got cancer! I got rid of those demon breasts, ovaries, and uterus as fast as I could. Too bad we can't get rid of the other stuff too, but I guess we need them. So, now I get my colonoscopy every 5 years and of course, i see my BS and my MO every six months.
The worst part for me is NOT the question of recurrence. That I can live with. Two of my adult children decided to get tested themselves (my aunt was 24 at her diagnosis.) DS32 is negative for both, but my beautiful DD25 is positive for both. We were all pretty devastated at that news. The only bright spot is that she will have close surveillance, surgical and medical options. But that's a huge burden for a 25yo to bear.
I have one other adult son, 23, who is severely mentally handicapped. We've elected to NOT test him-- he's incapable of making decisions or participating in his own healthcare, and honestly, it wouldn't make a difference in our plans for his life.
Oncotype 23. Positive for PALB2 & Chek2 gene mutations. My breasts are trying to kill me!
7/20/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
9/2/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
10/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
2/4/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right