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Welcome to the home page for the DC Metropolitan Area 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 and ovarian cancer.
See why Karen decided to join
"Ironically, FORCE considers me a hero for setting up this page and helping to raise money so that FORCE can continue to do the life-saving work that it does on behalf of the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community. And, while this might make me a hero to FORCE, I want to share with you the story of my personal hero - my dad!"
See why Lisa decided to join
"As many of you know, I was diagnosed with a BRCA1 genetic mutation in 1999. These mutations are hereditary and can be passed down from one's father or mother. Women with a BRCA mutation face up to an 85% lifetime risk of breast cancer and a 60% risk of ovarian cancer. About 10% of all breast cancers and 15% of ovarian cancers are considered heredtiary."
BROCADE is a PARP inhibitor study for people with advanced BRCA-associated breast cancer. The study is open in Maryland at:
Anne Arundel Medical Center/Health System Research Institute
Dr. Jeanine Werner
2001 Medical Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
Contact Venita Alston Crawford, BSN RN at:
Mercy Medical Center/Medical Oncology & Hematology
Dr. David Riseberg
227 St. Paul Place 4th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
Contact Lisa McConnell at: 410-332-1200
Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC)
Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute
Dr. Madhu Chaudhry
6569 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21204
Contact Garnitha Ferguson, RN at: 443-849-8089
John Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
Dr. Vered Stearns
401 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21287
Contact Clinical Trials Specialist at: 410-955-8804
For more information, visit the BROCADE Study website.
Become an Outreach Volunteer!! FORCE is looking for an Outreach Coordinator for your area. You'll help set up local meetings for FORCE members and assist in planning and setting up other events and activities. For more information, download About Outreach and contact Sandy Cohen, VP of Volunteer Programs, with any questions.
Patenting Your DNA, April 23, 2013, The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Local FORCE volunteer, Karen Kramer speaks out in What Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy means to breast cancer advocates
Local FORCE volunteers, Karen Kramer and Amy Kolodin speak out in Doctors, patients praise Jolie's openness on surgery
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