Pink Week: Genetics Testing Can Help Prevent Chemo, Cancer - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Pink Week: Genetics Testing Can Help Prevent Chemo, Cancer

Posted: Updated:

When Susie Lovett was diagnosed with breast cancer she had a lot running through her mind.

"How am I gonna work, how am I gonna take care of things I need to take care of?" she wondered.

Her job is important to her and when she heard she might not need chemotherapy she was eager to make sure.

"I didn't want to be sick. I wanted to go about my day and live my normal life."

So she got genetic counseling and a test to determine how likely her cancer would return based on gene mutations.

At a follow up appointment, the doctor has good news.

"Your risk of this coming back at about a 10-year period is about nine percent so that's considered low risk category," her doctor said.

Five to 10 percent of breast cancer is caused by a genetic mutation. It's why knowing your family tree is so important.

"We all have a notion of our family history. If you're susceptible to breast cancer and a woman has breast cancer at a young age, then I think the genetic testing is appropriate," said Dr. Maria Blazo with Scott & White Oncology.

It's not just for survivors, the test is for women who haven't had cancer, too.

"If you have a family history of two or more relatives with breast cancer I strongly recommend you talk to your provider," Blazo said.

They take a vial of blood from the patient and ship it off to a lab in Utah. Results come back in 2-3 weeks.

Women whose genes make them susceptible to cancer have a number of options: They can screen with an early breast MRI, they can monitor for ovarian cancer danger, they can go through medical therapies to prevent chemo in the future and  if danger is very high they can have preventative surgery.

"I was really worried about this appointment - will I have to have chemo, will I not. I feel great," Susie said.

Thanks to the test results, after radiation, Susie will just have to take one pill a day. But even without chemo it hasn't been an easy few months.

She says family and friends have helped her keep going and live with a strength beyond measure - a phrase inscribed on a bracelet she now wears, along with two of her closest friends.

"The three of us have worn them through this whole journey. And these words have gotten me through some really rough times," she said.

Showing life goes on as long as, like Susie, you 'fight like a girl.'

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Buffalo Bills Will Pay Up to $3M to Settle Text-Messaging Lawsuit

    Buffalo Bills Will Pay Up to $3M to Settle Text-Messaging Lawsuit

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:35 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:35:11 GMT
    In 2014, Buffalo Bills starting quarterback EJ Manuel will cost the team $2.02 million against their cap. Thanks to a lawsuit from a disgruntled fan, the Bills will pay roughly $1 million more than that just for their phone bill.More >>
    In 2014, Buffalo Bills starting quarterback EJ Manuel will cost the team $2.02 million against their cap. Thanks to a lawsuit from a disgruntled fan, the Bills will pay roughly $1 million more than that just for their phone bill.More >>
  • Georgia Law Allows Guns in Some Schools, Bars, Churches

    Georgia Law Allows Guns in Some Schools, Bars, Churches

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:58:47 GMT
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law Wednesday that has critics howling and proponents applauding.House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 -- which opponents have nicknamed the "guns everywhere bill" -- specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons. Included are provisions that allow residents who have concealed carry permits to take guns into some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of...More >>
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law Wednesday that has critics howling and proponents applauding.House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 -- which opponents have nicknamed the "guns everywhere bill" -- specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons. Included are provisions that allow residents who have concealed carry permits to take guns into some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of...More >>
  • Two College Football Players Arraigned in Beating of Homeless Man

    Two College Football Players Arraigned in Beating of Homeless Man

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:52:25 GMT
    Two college football players were arraigned in Massachusetts Superior Court on Wednesday for allegedly kicking and beating a homeless man until a passerby shielded the victim's body with her own, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said.Craig "C.J." Parsons, 22, and Anthony Varrichione, 23, were charged with aggravated assault and battery and aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Additionally, Parsons was charged with "with violating the state's witness int...More >>
    Two college football players were arraigned in Massachusetts Superior Court on Wednesday for allegedly kicking and beating a homeless man until a passerby shielded the victim's body with her own, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said.Craig "C.J." Parsons, 22, and Anthony Varrichione, 23, were charged with aggravated assault and battery and aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Additionally, Parsons was charged with "with violating the state's witness int...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN, Owned and Operated by London Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.