A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance

Theodora Ross


A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance

A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance

  • Title: A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance
  • Author: Theodora Ross
  • ISBN: 9781101982839
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Hardcover



Oncologist and cancer gene hunter Theo Ross delivers the first authoritative, go to for people facing a genetic predisposition for cancer There are 13 million people with cancer in the United States, and it s estimated that about 1.3 million of these cases are hereditary Yet despite advanced training in cancer genetics and years of practicing medicine, Dr Theo Ross wasOncologist and cancer gene hunter Theo Ross delivers the first authoritative, go to for people facing a genetic predisposition for cancer There are 13 million people with cancer in the United States, and it s estimated that about 1.3 million of these cases 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, Ross 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 With a foreword by Siddartha Mukherjee, prize winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies, this will be the first authoritative, go to for people facing inherited cancer, this book empowers readers to face their genetic heritage without fear and to make decisions that will keep them and their families healthy.


Recent Comments "A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance"

An empowering informative book about cancer genetics and family.What an excellent book! Please, please, please read this if you have doubts, or even know you have hereditary familial cancer. It's full of information and one of the best bits is it doesn't read like a text book. Theodora Ross connects with her reader, I feel she brings science down to level where almost anyone can understand it. 'Cancer doesn't wait for you to get your paperwork in order!'A supportive book about cancer genetics an [...]

There are books that represent such a singular experience and expertise that they can only be written by one person. “A Cancer in the Family” is such a book, and Dr. Ross is that individual. This book is written in the voice of a friend, and deftly combines Dr. Ross’s own very personal story with her clinical and research expertise in a way that is compassionate and approachable while providing gentle guidance to the reader. While this is a book about cancer, it is not without humor and le [...]

We have come a long way from the days in which cancer was embarrassedly referred to as “the Big C”, and then dropped totally from conversation. Since those days many new diagnostic and therapeutic measures have evolved, but only lately has the realization that many predispositions to cancer development have their bases in mutant genes which ordinarily protect the body from malignancy. Scientists and clinicians are now working on identifying, classifying and detailing the cancer-provoking ris [...]

A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance is a guide to inherited cancers that is written for the patient. Theodora Ross, M.D Ph.D. has an excellent background and experience in cancer genetics. She has cancer on both sides of her family and that is part of the reason that she decided to go into the field. She has the BRCAI mutation. Her personal introduction to cancer was a melanoma. She was young, olive skinned with dark brown eyes and hair. Why did she get melanoma, she [...]

As a young woman and daughter of a cancer survivor, this book was the perfect thing to read during my mid 20s. I have always had many questions about cancer, but have been unsure of where to go for answers. A Cancer in the Family was immensely helpful and finally provided the answers I had been seeking. In addition to providing much needed information, this book was wonderfully well written and told a story that I genuinely wanted to keep reading. As both a scientist and cancer-survivor, Dr. Ros [...]

I did not read the entire book carefully, not because that I found the book bad or not worthy. Nothing like that. It's more of a handbook and guide than a pop science book. I think only people are in doubts and in need will make full use of the book. For me, I've learned a few things from it, but I think there is how much more one can gain from it if they are more motivated than me. That is to say, people who think they are at risk of hereditary cancer. The arrangements of content is very clear, [...]

For whatever reasons, my parents always lived at least 1000 miles from relatives. So, I lack much health information about my extended family. After reading 'A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance' I realize even close families often hide cancer experiences from relatives. My ignorance on this topic is, alas, rather common.Dr Theodora Ross tells a personal and professional true story that convinces me to investigate my own family's health history. If I find there are ca [...]

This is a pretty good book for someone who has a family history of cancer and isn't quite sure where to start in thinking about it. The main focus is on genetic testing for mutations related to cancer and what the process for that looks like, what types things people should consider in choosing people to help them through the process and what they can expect from the process. That said, it does go a little bit into how cancer develops and why having a "cancer gene" isn't necessarily a cancer sen [...]

Dr. Ross has given us a book of exceptional help. We do not know everything about the genetic inheritance, but we do know some and we are learning all the time. She brings us up to date in this rapidly growing, or exploding field with what problems we find in our genes and how they may or may not affect us or others in our family. It was fascinating to read about the problems with our genes and some of the ways we have used our knowledge to fight the diseases that certain of us are susceptible t [...]

n Dr. Ross's insightful new book, we are allowed to see the human being behind the lab coat. She navigates the difficult journey from her own cancer diagnosis to tracing its roots through her family tree with emotional honesty. Her large family acts much like the rest of ours would when facing a cancer crisis, displaying secrecy, denial, fear and ultimately love, strength and courage. With this very readable book, 'A Cancer In The Family' lets us feel like we have a cancer specialists sister, an [...]

Love love loved this book. This is a must read for anyone who might have genetic mutations that predispose them to cancer. Dr Ross has laid the facts out in a most helpful way, even using her own family to help illustrate the facts. As we know genetics play such an important part in our health, I am hoping that Dr Ross and researchers like her will help the adoption community get access to their heritage that a lot of us don't have.

This was a Netgalley book that I was happy to review. The book was informative and interesting. Having lost a parent to colon cancer and knowing that I am at risk of getting the same disease, I was interested in reading this book on a personal level. I wish this book had been around when my mother was diagnosed. My only complaint was that the book did drag a bit and might have been pared down some, but over all it was worthwhile.

Dr. Ross has written a very accessible book on a difficult topic that she approaches through the lens of her own family. Readers navigating the waters of their own genetic inheritance will find this not only thorough in its research and information, but also supportive of the emotional trauma and misunderstandings that surround the world of cancer. This is a wonderful resource and compelling read.

I heard Terry Gross rave about Dr. Ross' new book on NPR. She was right. It's a wonderful book. Originally I bought it for the science but ended up reading it for the story. It's a great read. Highly recommend this book.

I recommend this book to anyone who suspects they may have an inheritable cancer that runs in their family. The author gives a step by step guide to help the reader to find the truth and then to deal with it. Excellent guide.

Great book about how to deal with genetic information, how to decide if you should get it, and the implications. Written from the perspective of a physician with BRAC 1. Very informative

This could be a text book about cancerbut it is not. The Author tells the story of cancer in her own family and that keeps the book interesting and easy to relate to.

Good summary of inherited cancers. Makes the case for DNA testing and genetic counseling.

Dr. Ross has an amazing way with words, people and science. This book is the perfect culmination of all three.

This author really wants you to like her.  This book has a dual aim, and the author's agenda depends a lot on her likability.  On the one hand, the more likable one, the author writes as a cancer survivor from a family with some secrets and truthiness regarding their background as well as their family medical history.  On the other hand, though, the author has the agenda of using her family story as a way of encouraging certain risky and serious medical procedures to proactively reduce the ch [...]

I have had a lot of mixed feelings as far as genetic testing goes. My friends and I have had several discussions about it, and whether or not we would WANT to know if we have a predisposition to certain cancers and diseases. After reading only the first few chapters of this book, Dr. Theodora Ross is able to empower the reader to make an informed decision on whether or not to seek genetic testing. She explains her medical path, her own diagnosis, and her studies in the genetic inheritance of can [...]

Cancer in the Family is part memoir, part cancer biology tutorial, and part genetic counseling sales pitch. The author's story is interesting, and her information is solid, but I just don't know who the intended audience of this book is. For example, the explanation of genetics is extremely basic, but the information she provides about treatment and risk factors would be hard to understand without some background in biology. I imagine this imbalance will leave half the audience bored and the oth [...]

This is a great resource for anyone that has a family history of cancer or anyone who is interested in the subject. The book mainly focuses on medical treatments, explaining genetic mutations, and genetic counseling. I was expecting some information on lifestyle factors and how to reduce your risk, but that was not really touched on. Dr. Ross does not dumb down the science, so it might be a little challenging if you're not familiar with science, but she explains these concepts very well. You wou [...]

As a BRCA/Hereditary Cancer Advocate I was excited to read Dr. Ross' book. While I thoroughly enjoyed it, part handbook, part memoir, it's definitely worth the purchase just for the index! Pages 201-266 list inherited cancer syndromes by name and associated gene. Lifetime cancer risks associated with each syndrome are also spelled out in addition to current risk management guidelines for both women and men. Those interested in health and science would enjoy this book. Medical students and ALL DO [...]

Excellent book that I highly recommend to anyone who thinks there may be a heritary cancer in your family. It gives clear advice on what to look for and what actions to take and is empowering, not panic-enducing.

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Similar to The Emperor of All Maladies, this book is able to present information in an easy-to-understand way. It is a good mix of scientific explanation and personal experience. Dr. Ross’ book could have easily read like a text book, but it was nothing like that. It was very personal, at times uplifting, and in many ways enlightening. I thought it would simply be scary to find out that you are definitely predisposed to breast cancer, for example. I had never considered that it could be a reli [...]

I was so happy when I won this book in a giveaway here on . I have a long family history of cancer and I was anxious to see what Theodora Ross had to say about genetics and cancer. Anyone who has any doubts about whether they are at risk of getting cancer needs to read this. Very informative and I learned a ton from it. Thanks so much for giving us a book that addresses this serious issue!

I received this book as a First Read. The book while informative goes off on a lot of tangents. It could've easily trimmed 50 pages of memoir. It's a dry and slow paced read but essential for anyone who has concerns about cancer or a family history of cancer.

This book was as good as The Washington Post said it was. If you (or someone you love) has a family history of cancer, this is a must-read. The author's information and advice is empowering and positive.


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