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Simple, I'm sure you are glad to be done with Chemo and Surgery! Good luck on your path results, rest, recuperate and get ready for the final part of your journey! I was operated on Feb. 13th last year! Finished with my Radiation the end of May.   
Dx TNBC 6/12; age 59; Stage 3, Grade 3; 3.5 cm, 3/10 nodes + chest wall nodes; A/C x4, T x 12 completed 12/12 with PCR, 2/13/13 lump; IMRT Rads x 33 completed 5/22/13 BRCA 1 negative.
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I was recently diagnosed; had lumpectomy,and I am having port placed and starting chemo in 6 days.
I am 62 years old. I was denied BRCA testing by insurance - cut off is age 61. Admittedly, risk is fairly low, but I feel testing is important for all TNBC as it influences treatment decisions. I noticed some other members over age 60 on this forum and I was wondering if they had difficulties getting genetic testing done? Any suggestions?
Dx IDC 02/15,Stage 1b, Class 3, tumor 1.2 cm, nodes 0/1. lumpectomy 2-24-15. DDAC- 4 cycles; taxol weekly x 12. Planned radiation after chemo.
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Yes I had it done last January when I was diagnosed as it made a difference to my surgery. I was Braca 1 & 2 negative & had a lumpectomy. But had I been positive, I would have had a BMX and had my ovaries removed. I was almost 67. My insurance paid because my mother & great aunt both had BC (post menopausal). There must be 2 relatives. However, if you do get tested, be aware that it costs no more to get a full panel that tests for ALL breast cancer gene mutations. Ask for that! Please PM me for more info. Because of the BC & colon cancer on my dad's side, I was recently tested through OvaNext by Ambry. You should meet with a geneticist. Best, Paula
DX TNBC 1/14; age 66; Stage 1; Grade 2; 1.2 cm; 0/2 nodes; lumpectomy; BRAC Neg; 4 DD AC; Completed 12 weekly Taxol July 2014; Radiation August 2014
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Cindy52,

Mommom44 offered some good advice.  If you have any history of cancer in your family, you might want to speak with a genetic counselor.  They can review the family tree and medical history and determine appropriate genetic testing.  There are other genes besides BRCA that increase the risk of bc.  Here's a link to the full BROCA gene panel test and associated cancers.





DX IDC TNBC 6/09 age 49, Stage 1,Grade 3, 1.5cm,0/5Nodes,KI-67 48%,BRCA-,6/09bi-mx, recon, T/C X4(9/09)
11/10 Recur IM node, Gem,Carb,Iniparib 12/10,MRI NED 2/11,IMRT Radsx40,CT NED11/13,MRI NED3/15

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Adding to my previous post, the OvaNext test came back Negative on all gene mutations. Yea!! FYI--There are many gene mutations identified, where they have NOT identified what kind of treatment is warranted, should they test positive. BUT, it's always good to have as much information as you can about these mutations. This is one of the most active areas in cancer research with ongoing discoveries being made about what to do with this information.
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DX TNBC 1/14; age 66; Stage 1; Grade 2; 1.2 cm; 0/2 nodes; lumpectomy; BRAC Neg; 4 DD AC; Completed 12 weekly Taxol July 2014; Radiation August 2014
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