I was thankful that Wendy from Huntsman Cancer Institute has been so patient. She was more then wiling to schedule this appointment with her and an Oncologist at the Huntman Cancer Institute. We spoke for a while, they then took action at my request and made appointments for me to meet with a Gynecologist and the two surgeons that would possibly do my Mastectomy and reconstruction. And as an added bonus...it was a year since my last mammogram so before I left I got my tata's squished!
was to address my initial plans for screening and/or surgery. They were
both so good at answering all my questions regarding my risks of cancer
and surgeries. My mom was there by my side. I opted to take her to this
appointment only because she tends to keep me calm and not anxious like
Kirk. Wendy did give me my official test results with the Clinical Note/Letter. In fact, let me share a bit....
Official Assessment Letter: Your family history is
significant for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome, and there
is a known genetic alteration in the BRCA 1 gene in your family. The
specific mutation identified in your family is called Q1313X. Genetic
alterations (mutations) in this gene are known to cause a highly
increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer. When your sample was
tested, the Q1313X mutation was identified in the BRCA1 gene. Women with
a BRCA1 alteration have up to an 80% lifetime risk for breast cancer
and up to a 60% risk for ovarian cancer.
The BEST information I receive today from our trip to Huntsman was learning that there is a website called FORCE www.facingourrisk.org. This website has forums for questions from others like me, links to a local support group, doctors, articles and so much more. It's all people like me that have a genetic mutation that makes them HIGH RISK for developing cancer. In fact, here's a quick fact sheet about FORCE.