I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993 and it was DCIS on the left. I had a lumpectomy and radiation. Last February 2011 they found something on my mammo so I had a biopsy done which turned out to be a new cancer on the left side of DCIS again. They tested me and I am positive for BRCA2. My sister died from breast cancer and her granddaughter (age 27) was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer and she had BRCA2 as well. After having a bilateral mastectomy this time around, they also discovered I had breast cancer in the right breast which was ICLS. They are encouraging me to have my ovaries removed soon as the gene increases my chances for getting ovarian cancer. Rely on your doctors and other experts as your emotions can get out of control when you start listening to a lot of other people.
Yes, I have the BRCA2 gene mutation. I first had breast cancer in 2000, at age 44. It was Stage 1B, no node involvement, DCIS with slight ductal invasion. I had a mastectomy and radiation. I was diagnosed in October 2011 with cancer in my remaining breast. It's not a recurrence but a new cancer. Stage 2A, invasive ductal, with no node involvement but more aggressive and a larger tumor this time around. Given these facts, I was tested shortly after my second diagnosis in October 2011.
Do you have more specific questions? I can tell you that your siblings and children, male and female, have a 50:50 chance of having the mutation. My one sibling, a sister in her early 50's, has tested positive. If inherited, there are increased risks for breast and other forms of cancer in both males and females, more so for females. First piece of advice: do not go on the internet and start searching. Rely on your doctors, geneticists, and other experts in the field. I'll be happy to answer any other questions or concerns you may have.0
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