BRCA And Breast Cancer Treatment
If someone with a BRCA mutation does develop breast cancer, the treatments used may be different than for people who do not carry the gene mutation.
People with BRCA1 mutations are more likely to develop triple negative breast cancer. Triple negative breast cancer does not respond to hormone therapy or certain drugs. However, chemotherapy may be more effective at treating triple negative cases than it is against other types of cancer.
Breast cancer patients with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations are also more likely to later develop a second cancer, either in the same or the opposite breast. Because of this, they may opt for a double mastectomy instead of a single or partial mastectomy. Removing the healthy breast along with the cancerous one is essentially another form of a preventative mastectomy.
Though research is still ongoing, some findings indicate that certain types of cancer treatment drugs might be more effective than others in patients with BRCA gene mutations.
As always, your doctor can help determine which breast cancer treatments are right for you.