Von Recklinghausen’s disease + Breast Cancer = One bad situation

This woman was diagnosed with both breast cancer and von Recklinghausen’s disease.

She underwent a radical mastectomy as well as chemotherapy and beat breast cancer, however the von Recklinghausen’s continued to plague her body with non-cancerous tumors. Von Recklinghausen’s disease, also known as Neurofibromatosis type I (NF-1) is a genetic disorder involving a single gene on chromosome 17 that controls aspects of cell division. NF-1 causes non-cancerous lumps and is often accompanied by scoliosis (curvature of the spine), learning difficulties, eye problems, and epilepsy.

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