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Brocade3 is a research study evaluating the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication in addition to treatment with chemotherapy for patients with metastatic or locally advanced BRCA associated, HER2-negative breast cancer. For more information, ask your doctor about the Brocade3 Study or visit to see if you may qualify!

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Welcome to the home page for the Los Angeles & West Valley/Ventura Network for FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered! Here you will find information on our local efforts to help individuals and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers connect for support, awareness, resources, education, advocacy and fundraising. Please contact Diane Rose if you are unable to connect with local volunteers.

Sign up on your right to receive information about our local networking and educational events via email and like us on our local and national Facebook pages. 

If you are looking for support or information, reach out to our Los Angeles & West Valley/Ventura Network peer support group leaders: Joanne Kreindel, Linee Zajic, Carly Miller, Sarah Spaltro, Amy Yoffe, Branda Lam, and Marlene Cunningham.




Joanne Kreindel and Linee Zajic

Joanne Kreindel and Linee Zajic

Brenda Lam (West Valley / Ventura)

Brenda Lam (West Valley / Ventura) (email)

Amy Yoffe (West Valley / Ventura)

Amy Yoffe (West Valley / Ventura) (email)

Marlene Cunningham (West Valley / Ventura)

Marlene Cunningham (West Valley / Ventura) (email)

Sarah Spaltro, Los Angeles

Sarah Spaltro, Los Angeles (email)

Carly Miller, Los Angeles

Carly Miller, Los Angeles (email)


You're Invited to a FORCE Get-Together May 7, 2017 10:30am - 2:00 pm

Cancer Support Community
530 Hampshire Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361
RSVP to Amy at

Guest Speaker: Rachel Shapira, Genetic Counselor at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and BRCA1-Previvor. 

Bring any questions you may have related to Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer. 

Do you have a family history of breast, ovarian or related cancer? Are you considering genetic testing, waiting for results, or have already tested positive for a BRCA mutation or another gene mutation associated with increased cancer risk?

Here's your chance to meet others who know what you're going through, to ask questions, learn or just listen in a safe and supportive environment. You are not alone. Join us and live your life empowered!

Joining FORCEs Conference June 8-10, 2017 in Orlando, Florida 

Attend the 10th annual conference because hereditary cancer knowledge can be life-saving. It’s an international conference designed by and for people and families affected by hereditary cancer, and will present the latest research on these cancers and a wide range of topics about making medical decisions, quality-of-life and long-term health outcomes.

Attendees include people concerned about hereditary cancer: survivors, previvors, people with a mutation or family history of cancer, patient advocates, researchers, and health care providers who treat high-risk patients.

You will have the opportunity to enroll in research, meet experts, share experiences and network with others who have first-hand understanding of all you are going through. We hope you’ll join us!

Learn more about the conference and how to register

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Peer Navigation Support Program

Sign up for FORCE's new Peer Navigation Support Program! You can now get matched to a specially trained Peer Navigator volunteer who has traveled a similar journey as yours to receive confidential 1:1 phone support and a free personalized guide of expert-reviewed resources. You no longer need to spend time researching this important information and finding someone to talk to who understands the decisions you face. This program does it all for you. In addition, participation will empower you to make informed decisions with your healthcare providers. 

This program is for you if:

  • You are considering genetic testing or have tested positive for BRCA mutation or another gene associated with increased cancer risk.
  • You have recently been diagnosed with cancer.
  • You feel alone.
  • You feel pressure to quickly learn and understand the options available to manage cancer risk.
  • You want to obtain information that could empower you to make important decisions with your healthcare providers.
  • You are a survivor, previvor or a caregiver living in the United States.

Topics that you can select for your free personalized online guide include: genetic testing, legal protections, sharing with family, cancer treatment, risk management guidelines, screening for cancer, breast reconstruction, paying for services, quality of life issues, managing menopause, support, research and more.

Learn more or sign up today!

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