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A cancer in the family : take control of your genetic inheritance

Author: Theodora Ross
Publisher: New York : Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Oncologist and cancer gene hunter Theo Ross delivers the first authoritative, go-to for people facing a genetic predisposition for cancer There are 13 million people with cancer in the United States, and it's estimated that about 1.3 million of these cases are hereditary. Yet despite advanced training in cancer genetics and years of practicing medicine, Dr. Theo Ross was never certain whether the history of cancers
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Theodora Ross; Theodora Ross
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Theodora Ross
ISBN: 9781101982839 1101982837
OCLC Number: 927104032
Description: xv, 286 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Contents: Knowledge that can save your life --
The double helix : biology isn't destiny --
Taking a family history : dealing with silence, dealing with drama --
Is your doctor truthy? Are you? --
Genetic counseling, genetic testing, and family conversations --
How to manage your cancer risk when information is limited --
Targeted treatments for cancer : realities, myths, possibilities --
Science is a group project : data points and you.
Responsibility: Theodora Ross, M.D., PH. D.
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"Oncologist and cancer gene hunter Theo Ross delivers the first authoritative, go-to for people facing a genetic predisposition for cancer There are 13 million people with cancer in the United States, and it's estimated that about 1.3 million of these cases are hereditary. Yet despite advanced training in cancer genetics and years of practicing medicine, Dr. Theo Ross was never certain whether the history of cancers in her family was simple bad luck or a sign that they were carriers of a cancer-causing genetic mutation. Then she was diagnosed with melanoma, and for someone with a dark complexion, melanoma made no sense. It turned out there was a genetic factor at work. Using her own family's story, the latest science of cancer genetics, and her experience as a practicing physician, Ross shows readers how to spot the patterns of inherited cancer, how to get tested for cancer-causing genes, and what to do if you have one. With a foreword by Siddartha Mukherjee, prize winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies, this will be the first authoritative, go-to for people facing inherited cancer, this book empowers readers to face their genetic heritage without fear and to make decisions that will keep them and their families healthy"--

"Oncologist and cancer gene hunter Theo Ross shares the story of discovering her own cancer gene mutation and unraveling her family's unclear history, showing readers along the way what to do if they have a genetic predisposition for cancer or suspect one runs in their family"--

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