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Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Podcast Library

"Ask the Expert" Series: Podcast 1
"The basics of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer"

Kate's profile picThis podcast features UCSF’s own Kate Loranger, MS, CGC. Kate is a certified and licensed genetic counselor who specializes in hereditary cancer and has been working as a cancer genetic counselor at UCSF since 2007. Kate sees men and women who have a personal and or family history or breast cancer.


In this podcast we cover the following questions:

"How common is breast and ovarian cancer in the general population? What a some factors known to contribute to a person’s risk of breast cancer? What is hereditary cancer? What is the most common type of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (BRCA genes)? How can a person find out if they are at an increased risk for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome? When should a person meet with a genetic counselor to discuss hereditary breast and ovarian cancer? If someone is found to have Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome what sort of recommendations are made? How can a person find a genetics professional?"

To listen to Kate answer these questions please click here:


"Ask the Expert " Series: Podcast 2
"Risk Factors for Breast Cancer"

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This podcast features UCSF’s own Lauren Ryan, MS, CGC. Lauren Ryan is a genetic counselor at the UCSF Cancer Risk Program. She is also the Breast Health Specialist for the UCSF Athena Breast Health Network, a new UC-wide collaborative that aims to improve breast health by tailoring breast care for each woman based on her own personal cancer risk. 

In this podcast we cover the following questions:

"Can you please give us a list of risk factors for breast cancer that people cannot change? Meaning things a person is born with that would increase their for breast cancer? Can you please explain why the risk factors you mentioned, like ethnicity, increase a person’s chance to develop breast cancer? We have just talked a lot about risk factors people cannot change. Now lets move on to discuss life-style risk factors. These are risk factors that some people can have a little more control over. Can you provide us with some of these life-style risk factors and explain why they effect breast cancer risk? What are some ways that women can reduce their chance for developing a breast cancer?"


"Ask the Expert " Series: Podcast 3
"Comparing Mammography versus MRI for Individuals with a BRCA1 or BRCA2  gene mutation"

Suzanne EderThis podcast features UCSF’s own Suzanne Eder, NP. Suzanne is a UCSF nurse practitioner and works in the UCSF Breast Care Center where she focuses on breast cancer follow-up and prevention.

In this podcast we cover the following questions:

"What is a mammogram? What is MRI for the breast? How do these two screening tests differ from one another?Why should women have both of these procedures? When should she begin these screening tests? How often should they have these procedures done? What are "contrast agents" and why are they sometimes used and breast MRI? How is this done during the procedure? Is there any cancer risk in using MRI. Does it involve radiation exposure? Do these screening tests prevent breast cancer? If MRI is better at picking up small tumors in the breast, why is it not used routinely for breast screening instead of mammography? Is it safe to say that having MRI is a better alternative then having a bilateral mastectomy to reduce your risk for breast cancer associated with a gene mutation? What is a false positive result on a breast MRI? What does this mean for the patient? Besides women with a BRCA mutation, who else would be eligible and perhaps recommended to have an MRI for breast cancer screening? Are there other groups of women who could benefit? What are the breast cancer screening recommendations for men with a BRCA gene mutation? Does it include a breast MRI? As MRI tests can be expensive, are there any insurance issues related to having MRI every year?"


images"Ask the Expert" Series: Podcast 4 

"Nutrition for Cancer Prevention and Hereditary Cancer"

Kintalk specialist speaks with UCSF registered dietitian, Greta Macaire about diet and exercise’s impact on a person’s risk for cancer. To learn more about Greta please go to her UCSF profile:

"We work with many families who have Lynch syndrome, an inherited colon and uterine cancer predisposition, and Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome due to mutations in their BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.  Are there an diet and physical activity factors that affect the risk for: Breast, Colon, Ovarian and Uterine Cancer? Are there any foods and physical activities that you would recommend a person should avoid as they would increase a person’s risk for cancer? Unfortunately, many of our patients are currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Are there any special foods or physical activities that you recommend while they are going through their cancer treatment? One of our Kintalk members asked, So many of us have heard a glass of red wine is good for our heart health but that too much wine or alcohol can increase a person’s chance for getting cancer.  Can you please clarify how much alcohol is considered beneficial vs harmful? Do you have any recommendations for how a personal can help maintain these healthy eating habits and physical activity?"

Here are some wonderful resources for nutrition and cancer prevention:

1. Article: American Cancer Society Guidelines on Diet and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention:

2. Video: Eating for Life: Nutrition Strategies to optimize health after cancer treatment by Greta Macaire


Kintalk and Cancer Connect Webcast: What you need to know about Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome