Dr. Sharlene Hesse-Biber is a Researchware Cofounder and Professor of Sociology and Director of Women’s & Gender Studies at Boston College. Her latest contribution to the literary world is a book about Women’s Experiences with Genetic Testing and Medical Decision Making for Breast and Ovarian Cancer. Titled “Waiting for Cancer to Come”, this book is a narrative-driven exploration of the effects of BRCA genetic testing on the lives of at-risk women. Through interviews and surveys, it details the stories of women who are struggling with their high risk for cancer, and pieces together the diverse yet interlocking experiences of women who have tested positive for the BRCA 1/2 gene mutations, which indicate a higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
Sharlene Hesse-Biber follows the women’s journey from the initial screening process, to learning of the positive results, and finally to dealing with their risk. Using the voices of the women themselves, Waiting for Cancer to Come looks at the varied emotional, social, economic, and psychological factors at play in women’s decisions about testing and cancer prevention.