Beyond BRCA: Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer Syndrome and CDH1 Mutations

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Beyond BRCA: Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer Syndrome and CDH1 Mutations

Genetic Counseling Note: People who have a mutation in one of their CDH1 genes have a syndrome called Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC). This syndrome increases the risk of developing stomach cancer in men and women, lobular breast cancer in women, and may be related to other types of cancer as well. People who carry…

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Podcast: No Stomach For Cancer

In this podcast episode, Ellen interviews Johanna, who speaks about her and her family’s experience with gastric cancer, genetic testing and prophylactic surgeries. Johanna was 26 when she had her stomach prophylactically removed. She shares her decision making process and what the experience was like post-surgery. Johanna originally sought out genetic counseling due to her…

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Beyond BRCA: Gardner's Syndrome (FAP)

This is the second in a series of articles built to highlight rare hereditary cancer syndromes. This is Elizabeth’s story of living with FAP, also known as Gardner’s Syndrome. Genetic Counseling Note: There are several hereditary cancer syndromes that can cause affected individuals to develop multiple polyps in their gastrointestinal (GI) tracts. One of these…

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Rates of Genetic Testing on the Rise While Utilization of Genetic Counseling Plummets

mGC Offers a Digital Solution to the Genetic Counseling Gap A recent article published in JAMA Oncology found that the majority (63%) of women who pursued genetic testing for BRCA testing never received genetic counseling. Researchers surveyed women whose clinicians ordered BRCA testing and a total of 3,874 patients completed the questionnaire assessing BRCA knowledge,…

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National Caregivers Month: Gabbie & Meaghan’s Story

Did you know that November is National Caregivers Month? Today we are sharing the story of two friends, one BRCA positive and the other who stood by her side through a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy. Being a caregiver can really mean taking on many different roles.  As this recent interview reveals, sometimes it means pigging out…

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Could You Be at Increased Risk to Develop Liver Cancer?

As the largest internal organ, the liver serves many vital functions; it breaks down and stores nutrients, produces clotting factors that prevent excessive bleeding, and filters and breaks down toxins to then be expelled as waste. Liver cancers interfere with these important functions. ‘Primary’ means that a cancer originates in that organ. ‘Secondary’ means that…

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