A diagnosis of hereditary cancer due to risky genes can be much more devastating than would be typical for someone with the same type of spontaneous cancer. Reasons for this include:
Hereditary cancer and the reasons for it represent a fairly new science. The research has changed considerably since its discovery in the mid nineties, from one type of cancer caused by inherited mutations in only one gene, to many types of cancer caused by inherited mutations in any of many different genes, and researchers will continue to learn more. Ensure you and your medical professionals are aware of the latest research and treatment options.
A diagnosis of hereditary cancer is difficult enough in itself, but its nature of being more dangerous and far-reaching escalates the need for additional support. We often hear how isolated hereditary cancer patients feel because their support systems and even others who have been diagnosed with the same type of spontaneous cancer don't understand them. We can connect you with other risky gene carriers and some specialized clinics that may offer professional emotional support.
There have long been medical recommendations in place concerning surgical options for hereditary cancer. However, specialized hereditary cancer chemotherapy treatments have only recently become available. Ensure you and your medical professionals are aware of the latest treatment options and clinical trials. Availability of these drugs may be different in Canada, but here is more information from the experts located in the U.S.
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Risky genes is a genetic condition that can cause any of several types of cancer due to the presence of inherited mutations in any of many different genes. Our old name, The Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Society, was based on old science that no longer reflects the true scope of this condition.