BRCA And Surgery (image) Brown University Caption A new study found that women with breast cancer often change their surgical treatment plan when they learn preoperatively that they have a BRCA gene mutation. The bar chart above shows the women's ultimate plans by their BRCA status. Credit Brown University/Infogr.am Usage Restrictions with credit Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.