“Knowledge of oneself is paramount to long term health. Theodora Ross candidly and expertly shows us, through personal and inspiring stories, what that means when the knowledge demonstrates a genetic predisposition to cancer. An important and eye-opening book.”
-David B. Agus, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Engineering, University of Southern California, and author of The End of Illness and The Lucky Years
“Dr. Ross’ wonderful book has changed the way I practice. It should be mandatory reading for every medical student and primary care provider.”
–Marshall A.Wolf, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
“What would you do if the tables were turned and you became the patient instead of the doctor? This is exactly what happened to breast oncologist and researcher, Dr. Theo Ross . . . A must read for anyone with cancer in their family.”
—Heather Hampel, MS, LGC, Clinical Cancer Genetics Program professor at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
“Ross guides us through this landscape with astonishing personal honesty, clear thinking, openness, and persistence. She explains – with an empathy that can only arise from inhabiting the worlds of doctor and patient simultaneously – how all of us (professionals and laypeople alike) with or without a family history of cancer, need help understanding genetics.”
—From the foreword by Siddhartha Mukherjeee, MD, PhD, author of The Emperor of All Maladies
A CANCER IN THE FAMILY: Take
Control of Your Genetic Inheritance
Oncologist Theodora Ross delivers the first comprehensive guide for people facing a genetic predisposition for cancer. Based on her belief that knowing is better than not knowing, and that clarity is better than confusion, Ross steadfastly shows that there are options for cancer prevention and risk management that put you in control, not the cancer.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Theodora Ross, M.D., Ph.D., holds the Jeanne Ann Plitt Professorship in Breast Cancer Research and the H. Ben and Isabelle T. Decherd Chair in Internal Medicine, in Honor of Henry M. Winans, Sr., M.D. at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in oncology and cancer genetics.
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Just as cancer takes many forms, so does genetic testing. When a patient seeks genetic testing at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, they must first provide a detailed personal and family health history. “When their history includes early onset cancers or a specific constellation of cancers in multiple generations, my genetic counselors and I use the information to decide what genetic test to offer the patient,” says Theodora Ross, MD, PhD, professor of internal medicine.