News

April 9, 2018

Lynch Syndrome Gets a Shout Out on Good Morning America

By UCSFGeneticCounselor denadna

Thank you to one of the KinTalk members for bringing this to my attention. Lynch syndrome and early onset colorectal cancer was in the news last week. It’s great to hear that they are spreading awareness of this syndrome.  

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Third Party Raw DNA Interpretation Services: Stay in the know

March 19, 2018

Third Party Raw DNA Interpretation Services: Stay in the know

By UCSFGeneticCounselor denadna

Written by Genetic Counseling Student, Daiana Bucio. What are Third Party Raw DNA Interpretation (TPI) Services? Third Party Interpretation (TPI) services are online tools that analyze your raw DNA data reports from direct-to-consumer companies or genetic testing laboratories and provide you with a genetic health risk report. Most of their recent popularity has come from people who […]

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Tags: 23&me, 23andme, at home testing, direct to consumer, dna, DTC, genetic testing, prometheas, raw data


March 5, 2018

When Apples and Oranges become Peas and Carrots: Two Very Different Kinds of Cancer Genetic Tests

By UCSFGeneticCounselor denadna

Written by Julie S. Mak, MS, LCGC It’s an understatement to say there are a lot of genetic tests out there – more every day – and it can be dizzying to make sense of them. If you or someone close to you has cancer, the range of genetic tests you may encounter only gets bigger. […]

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Tags: genetic testing, germline, germline test, somatic, tumor, tumor test


New Year, New Genetic Counselor Administrator Introduction

January 2, 2018

New Year, New Genetic Counselor Administrator Introduction

By UCSFGeneticCounselor denadna

Hello Kintalk, I hope you are all having a good new year so far. I wanted to take this time to introduce myself as I have now taken over KinTalk and am looking forward to some great changes expected this year. My name is Dena Goldberg, and I am a Genetic Counselor at UCSF in […]

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April 20, 2017

CAPP3 Clinical Trial: Lynch Syndrome and Aspirin

By UCSFcounselor2 ucsfcounselor2

The Cancer Prevention Project 3 (CaPP3) will focus first on finding the right dose of aspirin for people with a mismatch repair gene defect, the underlying cause of Lynch syndrome.  Three thousand people who have Lynch syndrome will be invited to take part in this study. On joining the study participants will be asked to […]

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April 20, 2017

Genetic & Pathological Studies of BRCA1/BRCA2: Associated Tumors & Blood Samples

By UCSFcounselor2 ucsfcounselor2

The purpose of this study is to try to understand the biology of development of breast, ovarian, fallopian tube, peritoneal or endometrial (uterine) cancer from persons at high genetic risk for these diseases This includes those who have a mutation in one of the following genes: BRCA1, BRCA2, PTEN, CDH1, TP53. The influence of environmental […]

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April 20, 2017

Books on Hereditary Cancer

By UCSFcounselor2 ucsfcounselor2

Looking for a book about hereditary cancer for yourself, a family member or your child? Here is a list of books recommended on this topic. The UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Resource Center has a copy of many of these books listed and are available to you free of charge. http://brca.ucsf.edu/recommended-books

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April 20, 2017

Colonoscopy: The Who, The Why and The How Often

By UCSFcounselor2 ucsfcounselor2

By Christina Pedley, MS, LCGC Genetic Counselor at UCSF Family history information and genetic testing can help us determine how often a person needs screening by colonoscopy*, and at what age to start. Colonoscopies are a wonderful screening tool! A colonoscopy is a procedure where a scope is used to look at the colon. If […]

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April 20, 2017

Inherited Gene Mutations in Men with Metastatic Prostate Cancer

By UCSFcounselor2 ucsfcounselor2

A study was conducted in the UK where approximately 700 men with metastatic prostate cancer were tested for 20 genes associated with inherited cancer risk. Findings: Inherited mutations in the 20 genes were significantly higher in men with metastatic prostate cancer when compared to men with localized prostate cancer. Age of onset for metastatic prostate […]

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March 13, 2017

Breast Cancer Screening During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

By UCSFcounselor2 ucsfcounselor2

Screening recommendations for women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations involve annual Breast MRI’s beginning at age 25, paired with annual mammograms beginning at age 30. The average age of childbearing in the United States is 28. Breast cancer screening for high-risk women may be interrupted due to pregnancy and breastfeeding due to the potential risks […]

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