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Genetic Testing

July 25, 2017

Why I Asked My Mom to Undergo Genetic Testing After Her Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

by Lisa Rezende, PhD When my mom was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 55 in 2001, there were many reasons why she didn’t pursue genetic testing. National guidelines didn’t automatically recommend genetic counseling and/or testing. My family history was limited. While my grandmother had breast cancer, she was diagnosed after menopause, … + read more

May 3, 2017

Genetic Testing Informs Important Medical Decisions for Three Generations in a Family

When Holly Jonas of Long Island, NY learned that her mother had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 79, it felt like déjà vu. Her mom, who has a BRCA1 gene mutation, was already a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with breast cancer at age 48. Believing that “knowledge is power,” Holly … + read more

March 30, 2017

Genetic Testing Results In An Early Stage Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

After discovering that her mother carried the BRCA1 mutation, Ilana Feuchter of Vienna, Virginia decided to get tested as well, a decision that would ultimately lead to her diagnosis of Stage 2 ovarian cancer in November of 2013. Ilana’s journey began in the Spring of 2013 after her mother was diagnosed with a cancer of … + read more

December 8, 2016

Tips for Sharing the Gift of Knowledge with Relatives

by Sue Friedman Members of our community who have already had genetic testing often ask for advice on how to speak about it to their relatives. Some common barriers to testing that we hear voiced by people are: concern over the cost of testing access to genetics experts family communication challenges With the holidays coming, … + read more

October 25, 2016

Guest Blog: Genetic Variants of Uncertain Significance

by Nancy Ledbetter Early on in my genetics nursing career, I remember explaining the possibility of a variant of uncertain significance (VUS) to a patient, who laughed and said, “Variant of uncertain significance? That sounds like something out of Monty Python!” I had to admit she had a good point. It sounds like a ridiculous … + read more

August 19, 2016

XRAYS: One Year of Making Sense of Cancer Headlines!

Over the past year, XRAYS has become a reliable resource for improving our readers’ understanding of breast cancer related news. Since launching on August 25, 2015, XRAYS has made sense of what can often be confusing cancer headlines; empowering cancer survivors, people at high risk for breast cancer, and their families to make better decisions … + read more

June 17, 2016

National Task Force Guideline Gaps Hinder Access to Genetic Testing

by Lisa Schlager Nearly a million Americans carry an inherited BRCA mutation associated with hereditary breast, ovarian cancer, and related cancers (HBOC) and it is estimated that 2.3 million women in the U.S. are at high risk for breast cancer due to family history. A number of other genetic mutations have also been linked to … + read more

May 27, 2016

Blog: What Do the New Guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Mean For You?

by Lisa Rezende, PhD People with hereditary cancer face many decisions, such as whether or not to have genetic testing, choosing the best type and frequency of cancer screening, and whether or not to manage cancer risk through surgery. Health care providers look to national guidelines to give their patients advice as they make these … + read more

March 17, 2016

Ovarian Cancer Survivors with a Negative Genetic Test Result in the Past May Benefit from Additional Genetic Counseling/Testing

KNOW MORE is a new campaign designed by FORCE to inform every woman diagnosed with ovarian, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancer about national guidelines on genetic counseling and testing for inherited gene mutations. We kicked off the campaign by launching a brief survey to better understand how women with ovarian cancer make decisions around … + read more

October 1, 2015

Guest Blog: An HBOC Week Message from Representative Wasserman Schultz

By Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz I’m honored to have an opportunity to work with FORCE to promote awareness about Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer. FORCE plays a crucial role in the cancer awareness and advocacy community, particularly for those of us who have been personally affected by genetic cancers. We share the fundamental belief that … + read more

September 28, 2015

Thanks Dave Bushman, for Sharing Your Story and Supporting FORCE’s Work

  Why I fundraise: When FORCE announced its FOR OUR CHILDREN fundraising effort, I immediately signed up. Although I was extremely reluctant to ask friends and relatives to donate, I knew that many of them would respond because they know how much FORCE means to me. My wife Jessie is fundraising, too – it’s a … + read more

September 27, 2015

Beyond Awareness: Working to Improve Outcomes for People Facing Hereditary Cancer

This week we mark National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week, and on Wednesday, National Previvor Day. This awareness campaign acknowledges the over one million people and families in the United States affected by hereditary cancer, due to a BRCA, PALB2, PTEN, ATM or other mutation linked to these cancers or a strong family history … + read more

September 5, 2015

Proposed Regulatory Changes Will Undermine Patient Protections Under GINA

Employees will be faced with a difficult choice—either disclose personal health information or maintain their privacy and pay more for health coverage. by Lisa Schlager Personal privacy and workplace protections are in jeopardy with recent proposals by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In April, the Commission proposed revising and reinterpreting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) … + read more

September 3, 2015

Guest Blog: We All Deserve the Chance to Make Decisions About Our Futures

By Teri Woodhull Like most families in the FORCE community, cancer followed my family for generations. Breast cancer touched my mother, her mother, her mother’s mother, and my mother’s first cousin. And me. We knew it had to be more than a coincidence. My mother died at 46 of breast cancer. Her oncologist and other … + read more

August 24, 2015

XRAYS Program Looks Behind the Headlines to Make Sense of Cancer Research

FORCE is proud to launch our new program, eXamining the Relevance of Articles for Young Survivors (XRAYS). Funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the XRAYS program was developed to meet a growing need as more and more medical research articles on breast cancer are making the headlines. With the rise of social media, more consumers are turning … + read more

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