Session: Men Matter Too Workshop
Speaker: Kristi Graves, PhD
This 85-minute concurrent session will focus on addressing psychosocial issues for men who carry a BRCA mutation. The format will include a facilitated discussion with the attendees.
Dr. Graves will address:
- the psychosocial needs of men with mutation
- reasons why men might or might not want to know their BRCA mutation status
- the unique challenges for men in communicating cancer risk and information with family members
- ways that men can find the support they need and be proactive advocates for their health outcomes
- what challenges do men face when considering BRCA1/2 genetic counseling and testing?
- barriers to testing from the research literature
- facilitators to testing from the research literature
- what do we know about the numbers of men who have testing?
- what factors predict uptake of testing among men?
- what are the psychosocial outcomes of testing among men?
- what do men want out of the process of genetic counseling and testing?
This session is appropriate for:
- men who carry a BRCA mutation
- parents/relatives/loved ones of men who carry a BRCA mutation
- patient advocates, support group facilitators, and people who work with men
with a BRCA mutation
- health care providers who provide care to people with BRCA mutations
- social workers/mental health care professionals who treat people with BRCA mutations