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A 49-year-old female asked:

Is mucinous breast cancer linked to ovarian cancer? had mucinous b.c. in 2006. need hysterectomy due to fibroid but don't want to give up ovaries.

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Your best move: See if you can be typed for a possible brca gene mutation. Regardless of type, you got the cancer while quite young and this would make it worthwhile to learn your status. Even if you do not carry the gene, talk with your physician about the advantages and disadvantages of different surgical options.
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Dr. Jack Gutman
Laser Medicine and Surgery 47 years experience
Hyst?/oophorectomy: At 49 years old, you have very little use for your ovaries. If you are going to have a hysterectomy done anyway for the bleeding from your fibroids, you should seriously considering removing the fallopian tubes and the ovaries as well. They are sites for future disease.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
This is very good advice -- I'll bet her physician will tell her the same thing.
Aug 18, 2013
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 36 years experience
Breast and ovary: Cancers are linked in the setting of brca mutations. You had breast cancer at the age of 43 so based on nccn guidelines, you should be seen by a genetic counselor and be tested for at least brca and maybe other genes depending on your family history. If positive, you need them out. If negative, have normal looking ovaries, and have no family history of ovarian cancer, you could keep them. Best 2u.
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Last updated Sep 7, 2013

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