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TweetChat: Lynch Syndrome And Other Hereditary Colon Cancer Syndromes

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TweetChat: Lynch Syndrome And Other Hereditary Colon Cancer Syndromes

To conclude Lynch Syndrome and Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we held a tweetchat, #GenCSM, with our phenomenal co-hosts Georgia Hurst and Amy Byer Shainman and special guest Heather Hampel, MS, LGC. Hampel is a genetic counselor at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research interests include screening all colorectal and endometrial cancer patients for Lynch…

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Recessive Mutations in MSH3 Found to Cause Colon Cancer

A research team at the University of Bonn in Germany has published a new study regarding  a mismatch repair gene called MSH3.  This discovery is unique in that MSH3 is 1) inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern and 2) causes the development of multiple colon polyps, which is in contrast to most other known mismatch…

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Beyond BRCA: FAP

This article is part of a series created to highlight rare hereditary cancer syndromes. Here’s Kevin’s story of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP).  Genetic Counseling Note: Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) is an hereditary cancer syndrome that results in the development of multiple polyps in the GI tract.  FAP is often caused by a mutation in the APC…

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Beyond BRCA: GREM1

Genetic Counseling Note: GREM1 is a hereditary cancer predisposition gene located on chromosome #15 and is autosomal dominant.  This means that people who inherit one copy of a mutation in GREM1, from either parent, are at increased risk to develop polyps and cancer of the colon.  It also means that carriers of a GREM1 mutation have…

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A Friday Night Email from Your Genetic Counselor: 5 Years Later

There were hundreds of patients and moments that left imprints on me over my 20-year career as a clinical genetic counselor (first in Pediatrics at SUNY Syracuse, and then as the Founder and Director of the Yale Cancer Genetic Counseling Program).  One of those moments occurred 4 years ago today, on June 1, 2012. One…

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The Truths About Testing “True Negative”

Our CEO and President, Ellen T. Matloff, sat down with a former patient who also had the perspective of being a medical student (he is now a practicing physician). Carl’s story starts with his mother’s various cancers and her genetic testing. She tested positive for an Hereditary Non-polyposis Colorectal Cancer (Lynch syndrome) associated gene, MSH2.…

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