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Keywords

BRCA1, BRCA2, BRCA1/2, breast cancer, genetic counseling

 

Authors

  1. Timbs, Mayanith MSN

Abstract

Abstract: Patients who learn they carry breast cancer genes 1 and 2 (BRCA1/2) must decide if, when, and how they want to disclose this information to family members who may be affected. This article discusses the psychosocial factors that may influence patient decisions to disclose positive BRCA1/2 results to family members, as well as the role of nurses in educating and advocating for patients and their families.