Romper Logo.png

Trying For A Baby After Cancer: Young Women Deal With Their Hopes For A Family

OCTOBER 24, 2017

"One day, my husband looked at me and said, have you ever considered not wanting to pass this gene to our future children?" Kate Payne tells me.

Most cancer survivors preserve their fertility in order to have a genetic link with their children. But what it genetics are the problem?

WRAL logo.png

Genetic test leads woman to early breast cancer screening, diagnosis

MAY 5, 2017

Who should be screened for breast cancer and when? Those can be complicated questions, with different recommendations coming from expert organizations.

While the general guideline is to begin annual screening at 40, some younger women become aware of their higher risk due to family history.

N&O logo.png

She had a genetics test at age 30, then a double mastectomy

MAY 3, 2017

Last spring, Kate Payne was an excited bride-to-be, trying on dresses and picking out flowers, when she first heard the diagnosis: DCIS, an early form of breast cancer, requiring a lumpectomy as her wedding day drew near.

She had the surgery, then a second, but couldn’t get cancer-free. So on her doctor’s advice, she opted for a double mastectomy three days after nuptials – canceling a trip to Hawaii.

Wavelength by PRA Health Sciences.png

Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know from a Survivor

MAY 1, 2017

Every 60 seconds somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer. For women in the United States, breast cancer death rates are higher than death rates for any other type of cancer, besides lung cancer. Getting a diagnosis is tough. Just ask Kate Payne.