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Facing life with BRCA gene


Heather Rocha, patient of SGO member Leslie Randall, MD, at UC Irvine, is hoping the surgery that saved her mother’s life will do the same for her. After having tested positive for the BRCA1, last month 34-year-old Rocha underwent a complete hysterectomy, having her ovaries, Fallopian tubes and uterus removed. "Even though I knew it was the right thing, I was still afraid," Rocha, 34, said. "It sounds ridiculous but I was asking myself, 'Will I still be a woman? Will it take away from my femininity?'" more

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