BRCA carriers have same chances of surviving breast cancer as those without the mutations

On Tuesday, 30-year-old Jessica Braude will undergo a bilateral mastectomy.

It’s been a little over a year since she was told she carried one of the high risk breast cancer gene mutation BRCA2 , over six months since she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, and a few weeks since she finished the last of a gruelling 16 weeks of chemotherapy.

The social worker was buffeted with shock after shock. Then came the waves of decisions, compounded by the upending of her well-laid plans.

She had just moved to Singapore with her fiance and begun her master’s degree, only to find herself back home with her family in Lane Cove while she underwent treatment.

Her seven-millimetre tumour was removed in July, and a round of IVF preserved six embryos before she started chemotherapy.

At least 5 per cent of women who develop breast cancer have a high-risk breast cancer gene. Read more…

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