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When a man is diagnosed...
by roadrunnerdm (roadrunnerdm)
at October 20th, 2006 (03:06 pm)

Breast cancer is so often thought of as a "woman's cancer"...and yet I think we all know that it is possible for men to get it too. Well, I just found out that a male friend of mine has been diagnosed with breast cancer. My sister and I are both BRCA1 positive, and we've both had our turn with cancer...and because of how very rare it is for men to get this form of cancer we of course both began to wonder if perhaps our friends is also a carrier of the gene. I'd like to encourage him to undergo the genetic test (he does have 2 daughters), and I'd also like to know if anyone else has ever had a male friend or family member experienced breast cancer. This may sound stupid, but are the treatments different for men and women? Would a man who experiences this disease have a different set of perspectives or concerns than women commonly have?


Posted by: The Artist Formerly Known as Irish_Lily (kellygreen)
Posted at: October 20th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)

I'm also BRCA1 positive and while I haven't been affected by cancer (yet), the gene was passed to me by my father, not my mum, which means that he has to keep an eye out for lumps, as well as regularly be checked for prostate cancer. I would certainly advise your friend to have his daughters tested. I don't have much else to offer, and I'm very sorry to hear about your friend. I hope everything goes well with him. *hugs*

Posted by: roadrunnerdm (roadrunnerdm)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)

Forunately, he was diagnosed at Stage 1, so his prognosis is very good. He underwent a mastectomy last week and he's feeling pretty good. Thanks for the well-wishes. I'll pass them along.

Posted by: boring (karinny)
Posted at: October 21st, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)

My father is BRCA-1 positive. Thankfully, he hasn't been diagnosed with cancer (yet) but he keeps up on it as much as any woman should. *hugs* Like Kellygreen said, checks for prostate cacer are important as well.

Posted by: roadrunnerdm (roadrunnerdm)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)

I inherited the gene from my father too, who likely inherited it from his father. Dad's keeping up with his prostate exams...but my sister and I are having a hard time getting my brother over his fear of needles enough to get himself tested. Maybe our friend's diagnosis will be the nudge that he needs.

Posted by: trshtwns01 (trshtwns01)
Posted at: October 21st, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)

I haven't had personal experience with a male having breast cancer. However, I am BRCA2+, just had a full hysterectomy and in December am having a mastectomy and reconstruction. I'm the mom of two sons. I've been told that when they get older, since both my mother and I have this mutation, that the boys should be tested as well.

I think your friend should probably get tested, not only for the knowledge it would give his daughters for their lives (whether they should get tested), but also for the valuable research knowledge it provides all of us.

Good luck to your friend!

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