Previvor: An Oncology Nurse’s Story of Cancer Risk Reduction Through Genetic Testing

Joanne Kelly

genetic testing, BRCA1 mutation, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, risk reduction
CJON 2018, 22(3), 247-248. DOI: 10.1188/18.CJON.247-248

My mother was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in 1998 at age 48. Her younger sister has been diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33 but ultimately died of ovarian cancer at age 47. Her mother died of ovarian cancer at age 47. I knew my fate. Meanwhile, as the medical world around me kept turning, the medical-surgical floor on which I worked became an oncology floor. This was not part of my plan.

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