May 04, 2009 - 5:52 pm
I was originally diagnosed at age 14 with Stage 1A Hodgkin's in 1988, had Mantle Radiation for 4 weeks and eventually was considered in remission. In 1991, I relapsed and was given a 6 month course of ABVD/MOPP and considered in remission again. Since then I had three children (not expected to have any) and have dealt with Thyroid Cancer (3 times) and Kidney Cancer (not sure if related at all).
I am the oldest of 5 children. Now at the age of 35 I have found out that my 18 year old brother has most recently been diagnosed with Hodgkin's. He is from the same mother but different father. He was raised in a different area than I was. Does anyone know of any literature regarding siblings and Cancer? Is there anything about whether or not some cancers are hereditary? I usually do my own research but now that I work full-time and have a family to raise I get side tracked easily. Any help would be greatly appreciated.