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Welcome to the home page for the New York City 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.

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

If you are looking for support or information, reach out to our New York City Network peer support group leaders: Jane Herman and Karen Singer. Please contact Diane Rose if you are unable to connect with local volunteers.


Jane Herman

Jane Herman (email)

Karen Singer

Karen Singer (email)


Events

You're Invited to a FORCE Get-Together August 7, 2017 6:30-8:00 pm

Gilda’s Club NYC
195 West Houston Street
New York, NY 10014

RSVP to Jane at janeh@facingourrisk.org

Facilitator:  Jane Herman

Topic:  Preparing for an Oophorectomy and Coping with Medical Menopause

Join us for a discussion about how you can prepare for an oophorectomy (surgical removal of the ovaries) and how you may be affected by medical menopause following the surgery.  In addition to addressing these topics, there will be time to network and share with other members of the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) community about other topics of concern to you.  This meeting is for women only.

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!


You're Invited to a FORCE Get-Together September 25, 2017 6:30-8:00 pm

Location TBD

RSVP to Karen at karens@facingourrisk.org

Facilitators:  Jane Herman and Karen Singer

Guest Speaker to Celebrate HBOC Week: Douglas A. Levine M.D.

In honor of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer week, we will hear from Douglas A. Levine, MD, FACOG, FACS, an internationally renowned surgeon and scientist whose seminal biomarker research has helped to advance early detection and treatment of ovarian cancer. Dr. Levine is on the faculty of NYU Langone Medical Center as director of the division of gynecologic oncology at its Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center and the department of obstetrics and gynecology.

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!


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What's new

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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