Karen Lu, MD | Authors

Prophylactic Surgery in Hereditary Breast/Ovarian Cancer Syndrome

July 01, 2003

The ability to identify a womanwith a germ-line mutation inBRCA1 or BRCA2, throughclinical genetic testing, allows thatwoman’s physician to implement preventivestrategies that may spare herfrom developing breast or ovariancancer. Unfortunately, the most effectivestrategies currently are also themost drastic; namely, prophylacticmastectomy and/or prophylacticoophorectomy.