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June 13, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that human genes cannot be patented, a victory for cancer patients and their doctors who had challenged a Utah company's exclusive control over a defective gene sequence that is linked to cancer. The 9-0 ruling is likely to be welcomed by medical researchers across the nation who have wanted more freedom to experiment with treatments using genetic material. The justices rejected decisions by the U.S. patent office that allowed companies to claim control over human genes they had isolated.
May 27, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
An aunt of Angelina Jolie who carried a same gene mutation linked to breast cancer as the actress has died of the disease at an Escondido hospital, according to an interview with her husband. Debbie Martin, 61, passed away early Sunday, only a few weeks after Jolie announced that she had undergone surgery to remove both of her healthy breasts as a preventive measure because she carried the defective BRCA1 gene. Jolie wrote about her decision in a May 14 op-ed in the New York Times.
May 21, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Four days after her April 27 breast reconstruction, the third and final surgery aimed at sparing her an early death from breast cancer, Angelina Jolie was in good spirits at home. Upon paying a house call, her surgeon, Dr. Kristi Funk of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills, found two walls of the actress' home covered with "freshly assembled story boards" for her next directorial project. "All the while she spoke," the doctor later wrote on her blog, "six drains dangled from her chest, three on each side, fastened to an elastic belt around her waist.
May 18, 2013
Re "Why Jolie's surgery? It's for the kids," Column One, May 15 My story is similar to Angelina Jolie's, though there are some differences. Ten years ago, at the age of 43, I had a prophylactic double mastectomy because I was the single mother of two sons, one of whom has autism. The thought of dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis while raising them was inconceivable. Although I do not have the BRCA mutation that prompted Jolie to undergo surgery, I had a history of mantle radiation to my chest for the treatment of Hodgkin's lymphoma in my early 20s. The long-term side effects of the intense, prolonged radiation treatments of the 1980s became apparent many years later.
May 15, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
In the wake of Angelina Jolie 's announcement that she had a double mastectomy because of a rare gene, the American Cancer Society is warning that the radical surgery should not be taken lightly. Experts said that while the surgery is totally appropriate in certain cases, Jolie's path is not for everyone. "This does not mean every woman needs a blood test to determine their genetic risk for breast and/or ovarian cancer ,” said Dr. Otis W. Brawley, the American Cancer Society 's chief medical officer.
May 15, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
After undergoing a cancer-preventive double mastectomy and breast reconstruction, Angelina Jolie will follow up with surgery to remove her ovaries, according to a report in People magazine. Jolie's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer at age 56 after fighting the disease for a decade, and doctors said Jolie had a 50% chance of developing the same, the actress revealed in an op-ed this week in the New York Times. The 37-year-old mother of six said she and her children have often discussed "Mommy's mommy.
May 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Angelina Jolie said the decision to undergo a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer "wasn't easy. " In an op-ed in the New York Times under the headline “My Medical Choice,” the Oscar-winning actress said she underwent surgical procedures to remove both breasts between February and April. Jolie, 37, said that genetic testing discovered she had the BRCA1 gene , which increased her chances of developing breast cancer to 87%. PHOTOS: Celebrities react to Jolie's double-mastectomy decision   She said she went public with her procedure to help other women.
May 14, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Angelina Jolie was "heroic" for undergoing a preventive double mastectomy, her fiance, Brad Pitt, said Tuesday after she wrote an op-ed piece revealing her decision and describing the mastectomy process, which began in February.  "Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie's choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic," he told the Weekly Standard in a statement, also thanking their medical team. "All I want for is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children," he said.
May 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Angelina Jolie 's decision to have a double mastectomy because of a rare gene has generated great interest. But experts are urging caution regarding testing and prophylactic surgery. "This does not mean every woman needs a blood test to determine their genetic risk for breast and/or ovarian cancer ,” said Dr. Otis W. Brawley, the American Cancer Society's chief medical officer. “What it does mean is women should know their cancer family history and discuss it with their regular provider.
May 14, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
Late Monday night, friends and colleagues started sending me Angelina Jolie's op-ed about her decision to have a double mastectomy. Like Jolie, I have the mutation in my BRCA1 gene that pushed my lifetime risk of developing breast cancer to nearly 90%. (It also raised my risk of ovarian cancer above 50%.) Also like Jolie, I chose to get a double mastectomy to reduce my risk of breast cancer to less than 5%. In 2007, I wrote a first-person story in the Los Angeles Times about finding out I had this mutation and how I decided what to do about it. Jolie is an icon of beauty -- and her disclosure doesn't change that.
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