Before Angelina Jolie put hereditary cancer on the map, Lianne Hanson was speaking about it at conferences and in the local news. Unfortunately, knowing she was an HBOC syndrome BRCA1 mutation carrier did not prevent a breast cancer diagnosis shortly after her first pregnancy when she was only 31. Lianne endured a double-mastectomy and several other surgeries including ovary removal, which robbed her of the ability to have more children. Lianne often expressed being a mother was her greatest joy and that loss of fertility was the most devastating part of her initial cancer diagnosis. Although prognosis had been good, she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer a year later and lost her battle at the age of 34 after a brutal treatment course that included four rounds of chemotherapy. During the latter part of that journey Lianne turned to alternative health care which allowed her a much better quality of life during her last months.
Despite best efforts towards prevention, many of those affected with the HBOC syndrome will still be diagnosed with cancer.
- Whether diagnosed with cancer or a previvor, many young HBOC syndrome carriers will face loss of fertility due to necessary surgery or drugs.
- Research has proven a healthy lifestyle delays cancer, helps fight it once diagnosed, and prevents recurrence.
The Lianne Hanson Hope Fund provides grants for health costs not covered by insurance for preventative or after-cancer supports or treatments, with preference being given to holistic choices OR for costs related to preserving fertility including egg cryo-preservation, to a total of $1,000 for any one recipient.*
*Upon program fund availability.
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