Video series on breast cancer risk with the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene


A number of expert contributors, under the direction of Dr Terri McVeigh, Consultant Cancer Geneticist, have developed patient information videos to describe how inherited genetic alterations influence your risk of cancer, and what you can do if you find out you do have an inherited risk of cancer. The development of these videos, was funded, with thanks, by a grant from the Health Research Board (KEDS-2017-043). Everyone’s case and family history is different. The information provided in the videos is not supposed to replace a consultation with a Doctor or Genetic Counsellor, but may supplement the information they provide to you. If you have any queries after watching these videos, you should discuss them with your doctor. For more information visit

Implications of alterations in BRCA1 and BRCA2

Dr Terri McVeigh describes how alterations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 are inherited, and discusses the implications of inheriting such alterations.

How to manage your risk of breast cancer

Professor Aoife Lowery, Consultant Breast Surgeon, discusses how you can manage your risk of breast cancer, if you find you have inherited an alteration in BRCA1 or BRCA2.

Options for reconstruction surgery after mastectomy

Mr Niall McInerney, Consultant Oncoplastic Surgeon, discusses the options for breast reconstruction after mastectomy – including implant and flap-based reconstruction.

​Breast reconstruction – the Patient perspective

Dr Elizabeth Walsh, Consultant Psychiatrist, and former patient, shares her personal experience of breast reconstruction, and provides useful advice for other patients undergoing this surgery.

How to manage your risk of ovarian cancer

Dr Michael O Leary discusses how you can reduce your risk of ovarian cancer if you find you have inherited an alteration in BRCA1 or BRCA2.

Dealing with the impact of risk reducing ovarian surgery

Dr Michael O Leary, Consultant Gynaecologist, discusses how you can manage symptoms and side effects of an early menopause following risk-reducing ovarian surgery.