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10/24/2017I had a right mastectomy Dec 2015 and Anastrozole since. 8mm ER 98% PR 98% HER neg. KI67 10%. OncotypeDX 12, one micromet. I had wanted a bilateral but surgeon wouldn't do it. No first degree relatives w/BC but Mother's sister age 48 deceased (BC), Mother's Mom DX with visible large BC tumor (in nursing home) in her late 80's, Two of Mother's Aunts mid-late 50's deceased (BC), Mother's first cousin age 32 deceased (BC), Mother's first cousin age 37 then other breast age 40, Mother's second cousin age 57. Two Mother's first cousins (brothers) prostate cancer in age 40's. My father had two sisters with breast cancer in their late 60's. Surgeon in 2015 felt my BC was random because my mother didn't get cancer. My genetic counselor (all results negative) told me to interpret negative results very cautiously. I want to seriously revisit removing my other breast and am interested in an opinion at Johns Hopkins. However, I have heard that Medicare seldom covers prophylactic surgery. Advice?

Surgeon in 2015 believed my BC was random because my mother didn't get BC.
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10/25/2017It is very understandable that you would want to consider removal of the other breast. come to us. 443-997-1513. your family history is very significant. i can understand why the genetics counselor said to consider the neg gene testing cuatiously.

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