2 Jun 2018

The pioneering surgery helping women with a rare faulty gene

Health and Social Care Editor

For women with a family history of cancer – there’s a chance to get ahead of the disease by getting tested for the faulty BRCA gene. Many then decide to get their ovaries and fallopian tubes pre-emptively removed. Now doctors are encouraging women with the gene who are about to undergo any kind of abdominal or pelvic surgery, to consider getting their ovaries taken out at the same time. As our Health and Social Care correspondent Victoria MacDonalds reports, surgeons at University College London Hospital have done just that, in an operation they believe may be a world first.