The BRCA Gene and Breast Cancer –
The BRCA Gene….Should you (man or woman) get tested for the BRCA gene mutation?
An Interview with Dr. Alex Ginty – Physician, BRCA Gene Carrier, Breast Cancer Survivor
Dr. Ginty is Family Physician and Cancer Survivor. Regional Primary Care Lead for Cancer Care, Cancer Care Ontario, Mississauga/Halton.
“Today, on World Cancer Day, we want to recognize the loved ones who support their spouses, family members, and friends who live with the effects of cancer treatment. The battles they face are not only for the patient; co-survivors experience life-changing emotional challenges through the cancer diagnosis, treatment and beyond.”
Listen to Dr. Ginty’s passionate and powerful message – it will inspire you to strength when faced with hardship.
“It hits you blindside when all the balls are in the air – mum, doctor, tennis team…… delete. Bilateral breast cancers, double mastectomies, reconstruction, 3 axillary node surgeries, BRCA 1 mutation discovery and hysterectomy. Then back to busy work. A journey of empowerment & strength – now to give back even more as a voice from both sides.
Either I had to learn to keep up or be left behind. In my busy job, it is hard to keep work under control so it is not high priority to advertise or increase public access to your strained and exhausting life. Keeping spare time private and quiet is a more common approach.
During my cancer journey however, I experienced the hardest time of my life as I lost control and uncertainty was a daily companion. The fragility of character took a lot of hard work to put back together with trust and support as my glue. My positive thinking cards kept me moving forwards and still echo in my head daily in a positive, forgiving and yet balancing way.
Well, it was fortunate that I came across some remarkably lucky opportunities as stars aligned. As my cards said, I had to step up to the plate if I wanted to change the emotional fallout of cancer treatment and how it could look different if I wanted it to. Passion + opportunity and here I am. I still have to push the comfort zone and push the barriers of media savviness or get left behind.
Stepping up to the plate of change as a Regional Primary Care Lead, at our regional cancer centre and across the province ,on expert panels and cancer pathway committees, my energy for awareness and change push me on.
In this honest, heartfelt yet powerful interview Dr. Ginty shares with us her journey. Some of the major points covered are:
- Dr. Ginty’s discovery through journey
- Facingcancer.ca and Look Good Feel Better
- Co Survivors
- The many tasks in a woman’s life…now breast cancer
- BRCA gene – Genetic Counselling and getting tested – the facts and the psychological aspects
- Examining Prophylactic mastectomies, benefits, risks, and the little known
- Lifestyle habits for prevention
- Relationship challenges
- Finding the Go Forward
Please join us – Laugh and cry, but knowledge is power.