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originally posted by: Martin75
This is more of a general post so I thought general would be better than medical; if mods think medical forum is better, please move.
Last month I went for my yearly mammogram. Since I turn 40 this year they sat me down to have the genetic counseling talk. I have a very BAD family history of cancer. My maternal grandmother- both Breast (34) and Ovarian Cancer (46), maternal aunt - Breast Cancer (42), fraternal aunt - Lymphoma (51) , fraternal aunt - Leukemia (?), fraternal grandfather - Brain Cancer (68). I have also had 2 lumps removed from my breasts - 1 non cancerous cyst (23) and 1 pre-cancerous fibroadenoma (35).
Now many Genetic testing centers are working directly with the insurance companies. With some of the changing healthcare laws genetic testing will now be covered IF you can show that your family history shows a possibility of genetic risk. So I filled out all of the paperwork. Let them take the cheek swabs, and walked away figuring that I would get my rejection letter in a couple of weeks. (They explained that it is hard to pass the selection process. She said that it often takes multiple attempts)
I got my approval letter yesterday. I was approved for the BRCA 1 & 2 for the common mutations and for a full mutation search on BRCA genes (evidently there are multiple gene mutations for different kinds of cancer), along with a list of Hema? (I assume this is related to blood cancers but I can't remember the word exactly and don't have my paperwork right now). Also, if any mutations come back positive I will be retested for drug reactions (this has to do with the treatment of cancers if you are dx).
A page later I finally get to my emotional roller-coaster.
Breast Cancer has always been a huge fear of mine. I was one of the women yelling the loudest as celebs were getting testing and being able to take steps toward prevention that were not available to me. Now I'm scared sh*&^ess! I know that this test does not guarantee you will or will not get cancer but it will change my odds from 27% (some fancy calculator they use with life factors, family history, etc) to either 10% or 60%. I always said if I could get the testing I wanted it and if positive I would gladly kiss the tatas goodbye. So why am I freaking out now, I don't even have results.
Sorry if this is rambling. I am just so confused and unsure of how I feel. I tried to talk to my wonderful husband and he was perfectly supportive, but he doesn't understand. I guess it's silly to even worry now but it just seems like things could be getting ready to change.