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April 20, 2017

$50 Genetic Testing for a Family Mutation

By UCSFcounselor2 UCSFcounselor2

Testing for a known mutation in the family has recently become much less expensive than it was in the past In many cases, this testing is covered by insurance. When it is not, the genetic laboratory called Color is offering family mutation testing for $50. If you or a loved one needs genetic testing for […]

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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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January 30, 2017

Free Pink and Blue Movie Screening at UCSF

By UCSFcounselor2 UCSFcounselor2

We are very excited to announce that UCSF will be hosting a screening for the movie Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer. This documentary brings you on an emotional journey that takes you through the lives of women and men who are dealing with genetic mutations (BRCA 1 and 2) and their related hereditary cancers. When: Mon, February […]

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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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