The Takeaway

Is Angelina Jolie’s Medical Choice Available to All Women?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

  • Director Angelina Jolie and DP Dean Semler discuss a shot while filming In the Land of Blood and HoneyDirector Angelina Jolie and director of photography Dean Semler discuss a shot while filming In the Land of Blood and Honey(Dean Semler/Courtesy of FilmDistrict and GK Films)

In an op-ed piece for our partner The New York Times, actress and director Angelina Jolie announced that she recently underwent a double mastectomy after learning that she is a carrier of the BRCA1 breast cancer gene and was at high risk of developing the disease.

After battling breast cancer for nearly a decade, Jolie’s mother died of the disease at the age of 56. So in an effort to be proactive and minimize her risks, Jolie began going through the treatments and surgery in February of this year.

Gisella Alvarez, a charge nurse at Mercy Medical Center, shares her experience undergoing a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Nita A. Farahany is a bioethicist at Duke University and professor of genome sciences and policy. She sits on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Dr. Kevin Hughes is a surgical oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. They discuss the ethics of knowing your genetic information and the decision making process that leads to this life transforming operation.

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Rupert Allman and Elizabeth Ross




The Boston Globe

The ASCO Post

The rest of the story at:

Video on eCancer TV regarding Electronic Health Records

Speaker at Bermuda Cancer Fundraiser

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