A 29-year-old member asked:
I tested positive for harmful brca 2 mutation....so unsure what to do
3 doctor answers • 17 doctors weighed in
General Surgery 34 years experience
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Breast Surgery 37 years experience
Two main choices: See an oncologist and get on tamoxifen or similar rx x 5 yrs plus monthly self exam & frequent mammograms or usg/mri(need special MRI machine for ca screening).Or see asps plastic surgeon for prophylactic subcutaneous mastectomy & reconstruction. Some cases, breasts look as good or better than preop, but nipple sensation is always lost. Your mom/sisters/daughters must get tested!
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Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Early screening: Genetic counseling is key! you need to examine your breasts monthly, and have a doctor examine them every 6 months. You need yearly mammograms and breast mris, and vaginal ultrasounds and ca125 testing every six months. If you want children, do it as soon as possible, and talk to your doctor about when to have your ovaries removed. Ideal is between 35-40.This is a lot of info; find an advocate!
4.6k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Apr 25, 2015
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