From my understanding, it is easier for genetic testing if you have the results from a relative. If you do not have the results, you may still do genetic testing, but it is a lot more expensive, because they must start from scratch, so to speak. With a relatives results, who has had cancer, they know what they are looking for.
Since you do not have the results from any relative, they also can’t say if the BR1 or BR2 genes were the reason for the breast cancer. But don’t take my word for it. I’m NOT a dr and I know very little, really.
I am very interested in the research that has to do with the HER gene. One oncologist my family member is seeing says that cancer cells lay dormant in a vast majority of people, but only manifest in some. She said either a gene will cause it to grow or time may be a factor. Since we are living so much longer, I found this interesting.
My relative is taking tamoxifen now. They say its a wonder drug. I worry about the side effects and what it can do for an unborn child. Knowing me, I’ll get pg again. I’d rather be able to get pg and not breast feed than risk the health of my child.
In the end I don’t know what I’ll do. My relative said they’d be doing genetic testing, but now that they’re done with chemo and radiation, they don’t feel the urgent need to know any more:shrug: I’m hoping they will ask their dr soon. Once I get those results, I can have my testing done, if I need to. My dr likes mamograms done after being finished with breastfeeding for 6 mo, and while not pregnant. My baby is only 2 mo, and I want to bf for at least 12 mo. I will have to avoid pregnancy after I’m done breastfeeding to squeeze in a mamogram.
I always wonder about re-constructive surgery…how do they look when your 80?? lol