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What does the brca in brca1 stand for?

What does the brca in brca1 stand for?

Breast Cancer: Women w/ 2+ immediate family members w/ a hx of breast/ovarian CA at 50% chance of developing breast cancer. If you have it, get screened with CA-125 blood test, ultrasound, mammogram/MRI, usually starting at age 30. Surgery after childbearing. ...Read more

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Brca2 Gene (Definition)

This is a normal gene that makes a protein for basic cell functions. It was the second gene discovered that is often mutated in people at extra risk for breast cancer, and depending on the mutation these people often have increased risk of ovarian cancer as well. A person with a family history may be tested for the mutation and make ...Read more


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What does brca stand for?

What does brca stand for?

Breast cancer: BRCA refers to a set of genes that have been associated to confer a higher risk of developing certain cancers. It was first identified in women with a higher risk of developing breast cancer hence the acronym BRCA. It is associated with breast cancer, ovarian cancer and peritoneal cancer. It can be associated with breast cancer in males as well. ...Read more

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What does angelina jolie's brca test, double mastectomy and oophorectomy mean for the average woman?

What does angelina jolie's brca test, double mastectomy and oophorectomy mean for the average woman?

For the AVERAGE...: ...Risk woman, it should create awareness about: getting routine screening, knowing your family history well, and living a healthy lifestyle. It should not: make people want genetic tests without reason or make women ask for mastectomies out of fear. Of course, it is important to know if your risk is average or high in order to make the right decisions. Talk to your gyn about this. ...Read more

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Any stats on how many woman have been tested for the brca1 and brca2 gene?

Any stats on how many woman have been tested for the brca1 and brca2 gene?

Brac1 and brac2 gene: No nobody keeps track of that because these tests are done all over the world. ...Read more

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How does cancer chemotherapy work, and why does it have to be so strong in a bad way?

How does cancer chemotherapy work, and why does it have to be so strong in a bad way?

Inhibits cell growth: Basically all chemo inhibits cell division and growth. Cancer cells lose normal control of these functions, so since they grow faster than normal cells, interfering with this hopefully kills the cancer. The problem is normal cells still divide normally, and are also affected-resulting in side effects of hair loss, diahrrea, and bone marrow suppression. ...Read more

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How many relatives need to have had breastcancer before you should get genetic testing for the BRCA genes? My mother contracted breast cancer, I am 40

How many relatives need to have had breastcancer before you should get genetic testing for the BRCA genes? My mother contracted breast cancer, I am 40

See genetics: Most breast cancer is NOT due to an inherited risk, but rather occurs by chance. Family history that suggests an inherited risk, such as changes in the BRCA1 gene or BRCA2 gene, include multiple relatives with cancer over more than one generation and younger ages of onset. If you are concerned about an inherited risk, see a geneticist who can assess your family history. ...Read more

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If i test positive for brac gene mutation i get mastectomy with breast implantsin same surgery . How long would be in hospital ? How long until normal

If i test positive for brac gene mutation i get mastectomy with breast implantsin same surgery . How long would be in hospital ? How long until normal

VARIES: Treatment varies from hospital to hospital as well as physician to physician. Most surgeons and hospitals will do the mastectomies and reconstructions on the same day. Length of time for hospitalization and full recovery varies with the type of surgery and reconstruction done. Take it one step at a time. Get the brca test done first and see what the results show. ...Read more

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What does MDT stand for in regards to drug testing?

What does MDT stand for in regards to drug testing?

MDT: Multi Drug Test. It detects Methadone, Cocaine, Amphetamine, Meth, THC, Opiates, PCP,Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines & Oxycodone in urine samples. It is a 10 panel test. ...Read more

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How do you perform tests for brca1 or brca2?

How do you perform tests for brca1 or brca2?

Blood test: Usually someone with breast cancer gets tested if there is an unusual family history, though it may be done more often now. Other family members may get genetic counseling and be offered the test as well. ...Read more

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Should i go for genetic testing to check for cancer vulnerability? Is it covered by ghi? Where would i get tested? How is it done? Any pros or cons

Should i go for genetic testing to check for cancer vulnerability?  Is it covered by ghi?  Where would i get tested?  How is it done? Any pros or cons

If indicated: Genetic test for what cancer? First criteria a group of family members have to suffer example breast cancer.Fear is not enough, must under go genetic counceling , if positive prepared to face psychological trauma. For breast and ovary brca mutation studies are available , and not for mass screening , most of insurances may not cover this expensive tests as routine test ...Read more

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How much does genetic testing for breast cancer cost?

How much does genetic testing for breast cancer cost?

Depends: If you have a valid reason to be tested-first degree family members, breast cancer under age of 50, others in family with brca positive test (to name a few)-then it should be covered by your insurance carrier. Depending on your insurance plan and deductible, there may not be any out of pocket cost. ...Read more

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About the brca-1 gene (breast cancer gene)...If a male is a carrier for the gene what will happen to his daughters?

About the brca-1 gene (breast cancer gene)...If a male is a carrier for the gene what will happen to his daughters?

50:50 inheritance: Any child of a brca carrier has a 50:50 chance of inheriting that mutation. If they have inherited the mutation, they have a 50-80% chance of developing breast cancer, and an increeased risk of several other cancers. For more information, check this link: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/brca. ...Read more

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I need to know what is the genetic connection for breast cancer?

I need to know what is the genetic connection for breast cancer?

There can be.: Heredity plays a role in about 5% to 10% of patients with breast cancer. This is a good basic article: http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-risk-factors. ...Read more

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If mammograms slightly increase my risks of breast cancer, why does everyone say to get them?

If mammograms slightly increase my risks of breast cancer, why does everyone say to get them?

Early diagnosis: Because early diagnosis saves lives. Mammogram is a cost effective screening method that has helped decrease cancer mortality from breast cancer by about 37% since 1990s when mammogram became widespread used. ...Read more

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Why wouldnt I pay a few thousand usd to see if I carry the breast or ovarian cancer gene?

Why wouldnt I pay a few thousand usd to see if I carry the breast or ovarian cancer gene?

Family history: I have to assume you are talking about brac1 and 2 testing. Without a family history of breast or ovarian cancer your chance of having a mutation would be pretty low. With a family history, most insurance would cover at least part of the cost of the testing. Myriad, the lab which does the testing, would do an analysis for you to determine your out of pocket costs prior to running the test. ...Read more

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What type of shoes are recommended for someone doing the 39 mile avon walk for breast cancer?

What type of shoes are recommended for someone doing the 39 mile avon walk for breast cancer?

Good support: I highly recommend that you find a store in your area that specializes in running shoes (not your local chain store). These stores are staffed with running enthusiasts and experts who can help you find the right shoe. Thank you for taking on this great task. Many breast cancer patients and researchers will benefit. Good luck! ...Read more

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Mother diagnosis with breast cancer at 54, maternal grandmother diagnosis with pancreatic ca at 69. Dr's won't do brca test because there is no other breast/ovarian ca in my family. What do I do? I'm so worried.

Screening: You should have clinical breast exams starting now, and then at age 40 start with yearly mammograms. It is possible to pay for the brca testing out of pocket if this is truly your desire, because would likely not be covered by insurance. ...Read more

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What are the genetics tests for cml, can I get gene therapy if they find anything?

What are the genetics tests for cml, can I get gene therapy if they find anything?

Pcr-FISH-karyotype: There are 3 main types of genetic tests. The old standard is to take a blood sample from the hip (marrow) and grow cells to look at all the chromosomes (karyotype). It is a 'broad strokes' look but not as sensitive as the others. A fish test looks at blood cells with 'probes' to the known genetic changes (moderately sensitive) and a PCR test is a 'molecular' test of the dna (very sensitive). ...Read more

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What can my girlfriend do if she is found positive for the breast cancer gene?

What can my girlfriend do if she is found positive for the breast cancer gene?

Difficult: To answer here. Review with her family doctor for referrals. See a medical geneticist. If truly concerned see a medical oncologist to see if there are medications (anti-estrogen hormones) to try. If very concerned or very high risk, sometimes mastectomy and plastic surgery reconstruction is considered. ...Read more