February 22, 2019
Julie Hunter, 64, sensed something was amiss in her family tree. Cancer had affected too many of her relatives. In 2016, she and her 2 brothers signed up for genetic testing.
Together, they learned that a rare mutation of the CDH1 gene is prevalent in their family. The faulty gene puts them at high risk for developing stomach cancer and lobular breast cancer.
"Not many doctors know about CDH1," explains Julie. "I needed to find a qualified cancer center."
Her husband, Steve, suggested The University of Kansas Cancer Center.
Breast surgeon Jamie Wagner, DO, explained all the options, but Julie knew what she wanted. "With my family history, I went for the double mastectomy," she says.
During the surgery in June 2017, Dr. Wagner also discovered a large mass in Julie’s right breast that had not been visible on the MRI scan. Removal of her right breast went from being preventive to medically necessary.