When I first got my BRCA diagnosis, the oncologist in the room (who happened to be a family friend and the man who treated my mother throughout her breast cancer ordeal) kept saying that he was sure they’d find some kind of cure or relief by the time I’d have to deal with the disease. In fact lots of people have said that to me – that considering I’m so young and probably won’t get cancer for another 8-10 years, there’s a lot of time for research that may find a way to reverse BRCA or even cure breast cancer. I’m not sure I’m as optimistic as everyone else, but when I read things like this I do feel a little bit of hope.
This USA Today article is about PARP inhibitors, which are a certain class of drugs that have been shown to deter the growth of tumors, especially triple-negative tumors which are the kind often resulting from a BRCA mutation. I’ve seen these in the news for a few days now, and think it’s probably a good topic to follow for the future.