POV1988 | TV Show
This acclaimed, long-running documentary series is a showcase for independent films on a wide variety of subjects, from the heartwarming (`Sweet Old Song,' about a 91-year-old musician) to the whimsical (`The Sweetest Sound,' a study of names) to the contr (more…)
Premiered: July 5, 1988
Season 21, Episode 12 In the Family
First Aired: October 1, 2008
"In the Family" tells the story of 27-year-old filmmaker Joanna Rudnick, who tested positive for the BRCA genetic mutation, which means there's a strong chance she'll develop both breast and ovarian cancer. While pondering whether to take preventive measures (a double masectomy and oophorectomy), she explores how other women have dealt with similar situations. Included: remarks from Dr. Mary-Claire King, the University of Washington medical geneticist who discovered the "breast cancer gene."