When to Consider Risk-Reducing Mastectomy in BRCA1/BRCA2 Mutation Carriers with Advanced Stage Ovarian Cancer: a Case Study Illustrating the Genetic Counseling ChallengesB Speight & Marc Tischkowitz
Germline mutations in BRCA1/BRCA2 significantly increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer in women. This case report describes a BRCA1 germline mutation identified in a woman with stage IV epithelial ovarian cancer and the provision of genetic counseling about BRCA1-associated breast cancer risk in the three years following diagnosis. The report centers on the patient’s enquiry about risk-reducing breast surgery. We focus on the challenges for health professionals and patients in understanding and balancing...
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