In the podcast we hear from Ellen, whose strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer led her to make the hard, controversial decision to undergo multiple prophylactic surgeries years before genetic testing would become available. After losing her own mother at a young age from breast cancer, Ellen wanted to make sure she did everything in her power to be there for her children as they grew up and prevent breast cancer from getting her. Years after her surgeries, when genetic testing became available and a BRCA1 mutation was found in her family, Ellen decided to get tested once and for all.
To listen to or download the full podcast, search “Making Prophylactic Surgery Decisions Before BRAC Testing Was Available” in iTunes or your Podcast app. You can also follow the link here and click on podcast 2.