Reasons to Attend
June 12-14, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott.
The Joining FORCEs Conference is created by, and for people who have been affected by a BRCA mutation or hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Whether you are a cancer survivor, previvor, health care provider, someone who is a caretaker, spouse, parent, or sibling of a high-risk person, this conference has something for you. This international conference offers sessions and workshops on all topics related to HBOC, opportunities for networking, and opportunities to participate in HBOC research.
Who attends the Joining FORCEs Conference?
Attendees of the Joining FORCEs conference include:
- Women and men with a BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 mutation
- Women and men with a strong family history of breast, ovarian, or other cancers associated with HBOC, including prostate, melanoma, and pancreatic cancer
- Women who are at high risk for breast or ovarian cancer
- Breast cancer survivors and ovarian cancer survivors
- Women considering prophylactic mastectomy or oophorectomy to lower their risk for cancer
- Women who have undergone prophylactic mastectomy or oophorectomy
- Women interested in learning about reconstruction options after mastectomy
- Spouses and partners of people with a BRCA mutation
- Relatives of people with a BRCA mutation or family history of cancer
- Health care providers who care for high-risk individuals or people who carry a BRCA mutation, including genetic counselors, physicians, oncology nurses, social workers, and nurse navigators
- Mental health care providers whose practice includes high-risk individuals or people who carry a BRCA mutation
- Patient advocates
Reasons to attend
- Hear updates from leading researchers on BRCA and hereditary cancer
- Learn about standard-of-care and cutting-edge options available for lowering cancer risk or for detecting cancer early
- Learn about all the options available for breast reconstruction after mastectomy and tips on insurance coverage for out-of-state procedures
- Learn strategies for coping with being high-risk and/or a carrier of a BRCA mutation and strategies for sharing risk information with family members
- Learn about ways to improve your quality of life while living with hereditary cancer or hereditary cancer risk
- Learn about clinical trials available for high-risk individuals or cancer survivors with hereditary cancer
- Enroll in HBOC-specific research
- Meet and share experiences with other individuals who have faced hereditary cancer risk
- Learn about advocating and improving lives of people with BRCA or hereditary cancer risk
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