Living with Lethal Genes: Some Advice


Kristen, which is not her real name, is visibly distraught. She sits meekly and unhappily before her doctor and her genetic counselor, as though a world of trouble had just descended upon her frail shoulders. And in fact it has. A Duke-administered genetic test has revealed she has an extremely high risk of having a recurrence of the breast cancer she had three years before. The test has shown that a gene mutation is likely to run in her family. Kristen, who is in her 40s, is here to talk about what that means and what she must do about it....

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