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Welcome to the home page for the Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia Network peer support group leaders are Janelle Morrison, and Jill Oster and Katrina Wells. Please contact Sandy Cohen if you are unable to connect with local volunteers.

Janelle Morrison

Janelle Morrison (email)

Jill Oster

Jill Oster (email)

Katrina Wells

Katrina Wells (email)

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Support Meeting November 6, 2016 1:00-3:00 pm

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
111 South 11th Street
Gibbon Building, Room # 2135
2nd floor conference room off of the cafeteria
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The room is conveniently located on the same floor as the parking garage. There is a bridge from the hospital 2nd floor to the parking garage, that extends over 10th street, where there is convenient parking for the program.

Special Speaker: Lora Rhodes, Social Worker at Jefferson will be speaking about the emotional side of living with a genetic risk for cancer.
RSVP to Janelle at
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. Philadelphia/SNJ FORCE is holding our quarterly 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.

FORCE:Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered