In the podcast we hear from Ellen, whose strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer led her to make the hard, controversial decision to undergo multiple prophylactic surgeries years before genetic testing would become available. After losing her own mother at a young age from breast cancer, Ellen wanted to make sure she did…

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Today’s podcast is a survival story meant to remind us that in the midst of cancer their is hope. In this conversation, Joan shares her story of early an onset Stage II breast cancer diagnosis at 27, genetic testing and a BRCA mutation at 42 and Stage IIIA ovarian cancer at age 47. Speaking now…

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In the weeks leading up to National Cancer Survivors Day on June 7th we will be bringing you powerful stories of survivorship. One thing that has unfortunately become clear as genetic testing becomes more common place is that genetic counseling, a crucial step in the process, is not always offered in tandem with testing. This…

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A major issue for female cancer previvors and survivors that have undergone an oophorectomy or hysterectomy is sex following surgery. And as you may expect, it’s an issue that patients and clinicians don’t always know how to talk about or address. This can leave some women to feel that there is no hope of ever regaining a satisfying…

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Following Angelina Jolie Pitt’s disclosure earlier this week that she recently underwent a prophylactic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, we held an impromptu Tweet chat to discuss hereditary cancer and risk management. The BRCA community has certainly been lucky to have an advocate with a celebrity voice helping to spread awareness by sharing her personal story. But it’s just that – a personal story. Each member of a family…

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