Our custom database matches individuals seeking support with specially trained Peer Navigator volunteers who have travelled a similar journey. This 1:1 support, provided via a single call and email exchange, includes a personalized guide filled with expert reviewed resources created to empower the individual to make informed decisions with their healthcare team.
FORCE has outreach groups in cities across the U.S. that meet to offer peer support and share resources. Our Peer Support Group Leaders are trained advocates who act as a regional point-of-contact for members of our community.
Calls to our toll-free helpline are answered by trained volunteers
who can discuss issues with callers, offer referrals to resources,
or match callers with another peer counselor with similar experiences.
Our "Ask a Genetic Counselor" line allows callers to ask
general questions about genetics which will be answered by a board-certified
genetic counselor. Helpline support is also available in Spanish.
ABOUT is a patient-driven research registry. ABOUT identifies important and unanswered research questions, designs and conducts research studies, and collaborates with other researchers to answer the medical questions that are most important to hereditary cancer patients.
Our HBOC clinical research database matches people with the research studies for which they qualify. Our targeted research recruitment efforts link participants who are the backbone of clinical research to studies enrolling patients. These efforts assure that HBOC studies can be completed and are critical to their success.
The FRAT Program is an educational course aimed at laying the foundation for consumers to become engaged in research advocacy on behalf of the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community. The program consists of an expert-led webinar series, supplemental learning, resources and more.
Experts recommend all women with ovarian cancer learn about genetic risk assessment. Knowing more can affect treatment options and improve outcomes for women with ovarian cancer and their relatives. FORCE’s KNOW MORE portal provides patients with information about genetics experts, new targeted treatments, links to related blog posts and access to personalized support.
Launched in Fall 2015, our CDC-funded XRAYS program translates reports on emerging breast cancer research into language that is clear and accessible to patients. The reviews—published weekly—help readers evaluate the relevance of the research to their situation and accuracy of the media coverage.
Our post-mastectomy photo gallery has images of women after mastectomy
and reconstruction. These photos were submitted by members of our community to help
other women who need to make decisions about mastectomy and reconstruction.
Our photos show all options after mastectomy including photos of all
types of reconstruction as well as photos of no reconstruction on REAL
The Joining FORCEs Conference is the largest annual symposium for people affected by hereditary breast, ovarian, and related cancers. Attendees include: cancer survivors, high-risk individuals, people with a BRCA mutation or family history of cancer, and health care providers who treat high-risk patients. Financial aid is available for those with financial constraints.
Numerous laws, regulations and mandates guide health care, genetic privacy, and other issues. FORCE represents the interest of the hereditary cancer community by proposing, tracking, and weighing in on policies that impact our community.
Appropriate screening, prevention and treatment is crucial for the high-risk, hereditary cancer population. FORCE is a steadfast advocate for access to needed services by all people affected by HBOC, regardless of age, gender or type of health insurance.
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