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Understanding BRCA
Subtitle Living with the breast cancer gene
By Clarissa Foster
Published By

Hammersmith Books Limited

ISBN 9781781611203
Non-Fiction Genre Health
Publication Date 11/10/2017
Price 14.99
Paperback Hyperlink https://www.hammersmithbooks.co.uk/product/brca-breast-cancer-gene/
Ebook Hyperlink https://www.hammersmithbooks.co.uk/product/brca-breast-cancer-gene/


Everything you will want to know if you find you have the BRCA gene mutation that increases the risk of various types of cancer, to enable you to make a decision about how best to move the odds in your favour.

Author's Bio

Clarissa Foster is a qualified Human Biology teacher at FE level as well as being an ‘expert patient’, researcher and writer, who has herself undergone elective risk-reducing surgery in response to a BRCA gene mutation

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  1. Such a interesting and heart warming book what a hard jorney clrissa has had to deal with then to write about it she needs to win the award

  2. What a amazing lady there is no way she shouldn’t win

  3. Clarissa is a very brave lady and through her experiences has assisted others in healing

  4. The most amazing book on the market!!!!!!!

  5. In this amazing book Clarissa has offered a heartfelt personal account and an incredibly informative scientific explanation of the BRCA journey. Such a book is life changing for those affected by BRCA!

  6. This book is a ‘must read’ for anyone facing the difficult choices Clarissa had to make. I also think that health professionals would benefit from reading what it feels like to experience this from a patient’s point of view. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

  7. An easy to digest read that is informative as well as being heartwarming. Definitely a winner no matter what the outcome here

  8. Great book for those who want to learn about BRCA and other mutations.

  9. A wonderful read on a personal level and also really informative about BRCA and the risks that come along work being a mutant.

  10. This book is well researched and invaluable to any person needing info about brca. The book could possibly be life-changing.

  11. Such a selfless act in wanting to help so many other people. Clarissa is a truly incredible lady who so deserves to win this prize.

  12. A BRCA book written by someone who has bared their personal life experience in hope to help others. Faced with hard decision whilst trying to ensure no stone is left unturned in order to make an informed choice about the BRCA surgery. Science explained in a way that is easy to understand. A truely fantastic book that I believe will help so many people understand BRCA.

  13. Amazing book which has been invaluable throughout my diagonisis, Mastectomy and will be used as I continue onto next steps of this journey. Thank you Clarissa for all your hard work and support. Love Always Kate

  14. This is a truly fantastic book and I thoroughly recommend it.

  15. This book undoubtedly contains the most complete analysis of BRCA related medical studies ever collated. Further enriched by Clarissa’s own open, honest and inspirational journey, making this book a must have for anyone affected by BRCA, their family’s and those dealing with BRCA in a professional capacity. This is an amazing, life-altering resource for those who need it. Well done Clarissa!

  16. An amazing and very readable and well researched book. Helped me a lot when I found I have this mutation to understand its implications and make decisions as to how to manage it. Highly recommended.

  17. I’m on the same journey as Clarissa, this book has everything you need, facts, details & honesty

  18. This book is a MUST READ for anyone that is, or thinks they might be, at an increased risk of cancer due to a genetic condition. This book is factual, scientific and easy to understand. Pair this with Clarissa’s own, honest journey and it makes the book easy to read, and very relatable.

    This book really helped when I first had my BRCA+ result and has continued to help as I refer to it throughout my journey. It has helped me to understand everything from the basic principles of genetics, to how I’m feeling personally about the whole diagnosis.
    I honestly couldn’t recommend this book highly enough. Thank you Clarissa for sharing your story and taking the time to produce such a wonderful resource for people facing such a difficult time. You would be be a very noble winner of such a prestigious prize.

  19. Thank you from my heart for this book Clarissa. Informative and empowering for women with BRCA gene mutations this book also is a great support for all facing hard choices.

  20. This book has really helped me through my journey and the hard decisions I’ve had to make. I’m so glad to have read this book.

  21. This book is absolutely fantastic and the only one of its kind. I felt comforted reading knowing that my thoughts and feelings were validated and normal. Clarissa has made my journey an easier one through reading her own experiences.

  22. Very delighted to have known this amazing lady and her loving family! I saw first hand how hard she worked on this book and how she’s inspired and educated women and men about this awful illness! Not only is this book amazing but so is Clarissa!

  23. very powerful encouraging book for patients and their families

  24. As a BRCA2 mutant with breast CA, Clarissa’s book was so helpful in explaining simply and clearly how this mutation effects the risks for cancer. It’s an ongoing and invaluable resource for me.

  25. Clarissa Foster is a really inspirational women!!

  26. Excellent

  27. Amazing!

  28. Excellent

  29. Amazing

  30. learned a lot from the book and very informative

  31. Very informative and inspiring

  32. Informative, amazing book. It is very inspiring for others.

  33. Factual, informative and heartwarming book to read from BRCA1 carrier point of view. Thank you Clarissa for sharing your personal journey.

  34. thank you Clarissa for answers to my questions on your fb group and so much info in your amazing book xx

  35. Brilliant!

  36. This is a very informative book! It helped me with a lot of questions I had and helped my family better understand the journey I was going through.

  37. Wonderful book about a truly amazing woman!

  38. I truly believe that this is the best book on the market re BRCA. There are many books available but many deal with an aspect of living with a BRCA mutation where as this book covers every possible aspect. Easy to read and well documented. I would definitely recommend it.

  39. A very talented lady. Who has used her experiences to help others. Inspiring Clarissa xx

  40. Personally and professionally this book was well though out and delivered in an excellent manner. Well done Clarissa

  41. As an advocate for those with BRCA and hereditary cancer syndromes kudos Clarissa for the time and effort you put into this excellent book! An absolutely wonderful resource.

  42. You’re an inspiration clarissa….x

  43. Best book out there on BRCA gene mutations:) amazing !!!!

  44. Genial!!!

  45. What an amazing book,really helped me focus and understand the Brca2 gene as I have the gene myself,what an amazing woman Clarissa is xxx

  46. Fantastic and inspiring writer.

  47. A much needed book. People need to know about the BRCA gene. Nobody with the brca gene need
    Suppport and knowledges from this book. I was told by someone before my double mastectomy with diagnosiz of BRCA2 gene and stage 0 cancer….”well I could put you in touch with someone who actually has breast cancer.”

  48. Having gone through the trauma of discovering that I carry the BRAC gene and that both of my daughters have it, as well, I am so glad that this book has been written! Thank you, Clarissa, for writing and sharing this much needed information!!

  49. Inspiring book. Thank you Clarissa for sharing your story. It certainly helped me in my journey for information.

  50. If you have the BRAC gene you should read this book.

  51. a great insight into living with a BRCA mutation, decisions faced and consequences of, also uplifting and hopeful

  52. An excellent resource.

  53. An absolute fantastic book,I’m brca2 positive and this book really helped me.

  54. Wonderful book and wonderful woman!! Congratulations!!

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