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Welcome to the home page for the Connecticut Network for FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered! Here you will find information on our local efforts to provide information, support, awareness, and advocacy for individuals and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers.

Our Connecticut peer support group leaders are Marina Richeson (left) and Sarah Vidal (right). Please contact Sandy Cohen if you are unable to connect with local volunteers.


Marina Richeson

Marina Richeson (email)

Sarah Vidal

Sarah Vidal (email)


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Events

Hereditary Cancer Panel Discussion September 27, 2016 6:00 pm 

Join us for a panel discussion in honor of
National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week

(September 25, 2016 – October 1, 2016)
 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
6 p.m.
JCC of Greater New Haven
360 Amity Road
Woodbridge, CT
                 
What’s in Your Genes?
How family history affects your risk for hereditary breast, ovarian and other hereditary cancers.

Co-sponsored and organized by the Connecticut Network of FORCE, Yale Cancer Center, and the JCC of Greater New Haven, in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.

Presented by:

  • Erin Wysong Hofstatter, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Co-Director, Yale Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program
  • Elena Ratner, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
  • James J. Farrell, MBChB, Associate Professor of Medicine (Digestive Diseases); Director, Yale     Center for Pancreatic Diseases  
  • Genetic Counselor – Karina Brierly, MS or Claire Healy, MS, Yale Cancer Genetics and Prevention  Program
  • Marina Richeson, MBA, CT Peer Support Group Co-Leader for FORCE
  • Moderator: Sarah Vidal, MPH, CT Peer Support Group Co-Leader for FORCE


                                            Stay tuned for more details


Support Meeting October 5, 2016 Time TBD

Whittingham Cancer Center
Norwalk Hospital
24 Stevens Street
Norwalk, CT 06850

RSVP to Marina at marinar@facingourrisk.org
    
Do you have a family history of breast, ovarian or related cancers? Are you considering genetic testing or have you tested positive for a mutation in BRCA or another gene associated with increased cancer risk? You are not alone.

FORCE exists to improve the lives of individuals and families facing hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers. Connecticut FORCE is holding our get-together and we hope you can join us!

Learn from other people who are navigating the hereditary cancer path. Help someone else by sharing your story. This is a great chance to meet some local area FORCE members and/or catch up with those you’ve met at previous get-togethers.


Click here to see all upcoming events in this area


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.


Joining FORCE's Conference October 6-8, 2016 in Orlando, Florida

Joining FORCE’s Conference October 6-8, 2016 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!

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FORCE:Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered