Theodora Ross, MD, PhD | A Cancer in the Family

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Oncologist and cancer gene hunter, Theo Ross, shares the story of discovering her own cancer gene mutation and unraveling her family’s unclear history, showing readers along the way what to do if they have a genetic predisposition for cancer or suspect one runs in their family.

There are 13 million people with cancer in the United States, and it’s estimated that more than 1.5 million of these cancers are hereditary. Yet, despite advanced training in cancer genetics and years of practicing medicine, Dr. Theo Ross was never certain whether the history of cancers in her family was simple bad luck or a sign that they were carriers of a cancer-causing genetic mutation. Then she was diagnosed with melanoma, and for someone with a dark complexion, melanoma made no sense. It turned out there was a genetic factor at work.

Using her own family’s story, the latest science of cancer genetics, and her experience as a practicing physician, Theo shows readers how to spot the patterns of inherited cancer, how to get tested for cancer-causing genes, and what to do if you have one. As the first authoritative, go-to book for people facing inherited cancer, this book empowers readers to face their genetic heritage without fear and make decisions that will keep them and their families healthy.

“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