| | Where can you go for genetic testing?
My husband lost his father and his brother to a relatively rare sarcoma. I know now that this cancer is often caused by a genetic flipflop of sorts (although it seems to be set off at the site of an injury as well). Since his brother died, he has had several family members talk to him about being tested for this genetic flipflop, but we don't know where to go and what to do for him to be tested. On one hand, it might be a little scary to find out, but on the other hand, if we knew he had the gene mixup, we could then make sure to watch carefully for it. Better yet, if he doesn't have it, we could stop worrying. My understanding is, this type of cancer can just sit there for years, about the size of a small seed, and suddenly start growing rapidly without warning. In fact, my BIL had an aching shoulder for a long time--nothing else, and the ache wasn't worrisome, since he'd once injured it and "it had been that way ever since", then one morning, he felt a lump that wasn't there before. If it's caught while it's small, it's relatively easy to treat, but it's very agressive once it starts growing and is quite a bit harder to treat. I'm finding myself scared now every time my husband mentions pain in joints or around a bone because of this. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to get this done? We're in Texas, if that helps. Thanks in advance.
Last edited by tescak; 01-04-2005 at 06:26 PM.