We spoke with Kimberly Mallett exactly four years after she was told by her doctor that she had breast cancer. At only 31 years old, it was a shock to both Kim and her doctor that she had cancer. They discovered she carried the BRCA2 gene which put Kim at high risk for cancer elsewhere in her body. So, even though she found a lump in one of her breasts, Kim was proactive and decided to have a double mastectomy.
News In Brief 7.12- Alarm bells sounding in the world of cancer research as Duke University’s gene-based tests for cancer treatment turn out to be worthless – and the researchers take the brunt of the fallout.
Please read the “Expert Journal” responses to this news report from Dr. Randall Oyer of Lancaster General Health and Dr. Ronald Hempling of WellSpan Health.
A diagnosis of cancer can be devastating to the patient who has been disgnosed and the patient's family and friends. Even though medical science has made great strides toward treating cancers and many more people are surviving, a person who has just learned they have cancer often imagines themselves in the worst case scenario.