chloesmom Posted January 28, 2011 Share Posted January 28, 2011 I have been talked to by most of my physicians about getting genetic testing. This is due to a couple of things--two separate cancers for me at a relatively young age-45 and 47, and two sisters who have had cancer-one had leukemia and the other had early stage breast cancer. My lung surgeon is very in favor, my onc thinks it's a good idea, and so does my gynecologist and my internist. But, here's the thing. I know knowledge is power, but I don't know how it would sit with my emotionally to test positive for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. My lung surgeon, from the University of Chicago, would like to even go a step further and have me see genetic counselor, who might recommend all other kinds of testing to see what I might be prone to in terms of disease. Those of you who know me remember that there was a time that I couldn't even work for a couple of weeks because of anxiety preceding a scan/visit to my lung surgeon, so I just don't know what I'd do with that information. Yet, I wonder why I am reluctant to get all the ammunition I can to fight off another bout with any kind of cancer. I just don't really know what to do. They tell me that if I were to test positive, increased surveillance would be a potential plan, such as MRI every year, etc. I would not have to have any surgical procedures-that would all be my choice. So, my question is, have any of you been considering this kind of testing, and if you have what do you think? Cindy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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