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Stories of Genetic Testing, Prophylactic Surgery, and Reconstruction: Lorell

Lorell Hornbrook tested positive for a BRCA2 gene mutation. She chose prophylactic mastectomy and reconstruction.
Oct 19, 2016
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Lorell Hornbrook has a strong family history of breast cancer: Both her older sister and her father were diagnosed with breast cancer. Her father died at age 75 from treatment complications, a year after he was diagnosed. In 2014, at age 48, Lorell decided to have genetic testing to see if she had a gene mutation that dramatically increased her risk for breast cancer. When her test results came back positive for a BRCA2 mutation, Lorell had already decided what she would do: a double prophylactic mastectomy and reconstruction using tissue from her tummy area.

Listen to the podcast to hear Lorell talk about:

  • why she never hesitated about participating in the videos

  • the type of research she did after she got her genetic test results

  • how she prepared herself for surgery

  • the advice she would give to women in a similar situation

About the guest
 
Lorell Hornbrook

Lorell Hornbrook is one of three women whose stories are featured in the Breastcancer.org video series on genetic testing, prophylactic surgery, and reconstruction.

— Last updated on May 2, 2022, 4:52 PM

 
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This podcast episode made possible by the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery.

 
 
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