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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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January 30, 2017

What I wish I’d known before surgery: BRCA carriers’ perspectives after bilateral salipingo-oophorectomy

By UCSFcounselor2 UCSFcounselor2

A recent article titled,”What I wish I’d known before surgery: BRCA carriers’ perspectives after bilateral salipingo-oophorectomy,”  surveyed a group of women who were positive for a BRCA1 or BRCA 2 gene mutation and were undergoing risk reducing surgery to remove their ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. The survey asked women about their experience going through […]

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December 9, 2016

BRCA Status Does Not Predict Survival for Young Patients With Breast Cancer

By UCSFcounselor2 UCSFcounselor2

According to a study recently presented at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Symposium, BRCA1 and BRCA2  genetic status does not predict survival rates in young women with breast cancer. “There is no significant difference in survival between BRCA gene carriers and non-carriers amongst all young breast cancer patients,” reported Diana Eccles, MD, of the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. […]

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December 9, 2016

PALB2 Research Study: Determining Best Treatment For Breast Cancer in PALB2 Carriers

By UCSFcounselor2 UCSFcounselor2

What the study is about: A large research study is currently recruiting females who carry a mutation in their PALB2 gene. Those with a mutation in their PALB2 gene have an increased risk for developing pancreas and breast cancer in their lifetime. The researcher’s mission is to determine the best treatment for women with a PALB2 mutation and breast cancer. Through […]

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September 29, 2016

Taste for the Cure: A Taste of Science and Breast Health

By UCSFcounselor2 UCSFcounselor2

After nearly 30 years at UCSF, nurse coordinator Debby Hamolsky is leaving us for her next adventure. Please join the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center in honoring her legacy with a day exploring food, science, and breast health. In the spirit of Debby’s decades of commitment to emotional and educational support for women […]

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September 22, 2016

September 2016 NCCN Guidelines Give Gene Screening Recommendations

By UCSFcounselor2 UCSFcounselor2

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) releases guidelines for physicians and providers to refer to with diagnosis and treating cancer. They also have  section dedicated to hereditary cancer syndromes. Recently, NCCN released it’s newest version of NCCN Guidelines which included breast and ovarian cancer management based on a person’s genetic test results. Below you will […]

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September 14, 2016

Introducing the PHACT Study: Population Health and Cancer Testing in Bay Area

By UCSFcounselor2 UCSFcounselor2

There are a percentage of individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area who may be carrying disease-causing mutations in their genes that increase their risk of developing breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate or skin cancers. The UCSF Center for BRCA Research believes that these individuals are being missed by the national and insurance-set guidelines created to […]

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August 9, 2016

New MisMatch Repair Gene (MSH3) Found to Cause Colorectal Polyposis and Cancer

By UCSFcounselor2 UCSFcounselor2

A recent study found that mutations mismatch repair gene, MSH3, have been found to cause colon polyps and colon cancer. Researchers found that if someone inherits 2 mutations in their MSH3 gene they will have an increased risk for developing 10’s-100’s colon polyps, colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, and an early-onset astrocytoma. More research needs to be done to better […]

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August 3, 2016

Women with BRCA Gene Mutation Need More Education on Impact of Cancer Risk Reducing Surgeries

By UCSFcounselor2 UCSFcounselor2

 As we know, women who are diagnosed with Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Syndrome have an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. In order to reduce the risk of these cancers surgical recommendations are often made. While these surgeries dramatically reduce a women’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer, a recent study found […]

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