Waiting for Cancer to Come:
Genetic Testing and Women’s Medical Decision Making for Breast and Ovarian Cancer
Overview of the Podcast Series:
Waiting for Cancer to Come is a nonfiction work that tells the compelling and inspiring stories of women who are struggling with their high risk for cancer. Based on interviews and surveys of over sixty diverse women, Waiting for Cancer to Come explores family crises, personal empowerment, secrets and revelations, difficult surgeries, and everything that comes with a positive BRCA test. Women who have tested positive for the BRCA 1/2 gene mutations have a much higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
It is estimated that between 5 and 10% of all breast cancers are linked to these inherited genetic mutations.
In this podcast series you will hear me in conversation with former BBC journalist Chris Garrington as we discuss my new book. The Podcast series follows the experiences of women from testing and beyond. You will hear about the experiences of women who go through genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer and what happens to their lives after that.
Each podcast will also bring brings solid research into a format that provides not only women and their families struggling with the risk of cancer new insights into the experience of waiting for cancer to come, but also help to inform clinicians, genetics counselors and other healthcare providers the opportunity to listen to women’s lived experiences and what they tell me they want the healthcare community as a whole to hear
This podcast series provides me with an opportunity to talk openly not just about my work, but my own personal journey as a survivor of breast cancer and how this study provided me with new personal insights into my own personal cancer journey toward healing.
The interviews are around 10-15 minutes long and I hope they give a good idea of some of my work. Of course if you want to delve deeper, there are research papers, journal articles and books where you can find out more.