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Topic: BCO Podcast series on Genetics & Genetic Testing

Forum: High Risk for Breast Cancer — Due to family history, genetics, or other factors.

Posted on: Apr 27, 2016 09:49AM - edited Apr 27, 2016 12:47PM by Moderators

Moderators wrote:

Genetics, Genetic Testing, and Breast Cancer: Part 1, February 18, 2016

Cristina Nixon is a licensed certified genetic counselor with the Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics Program at Main Line Health in Pennsylvania. In addition to counseling patients, she also assists with research, including, most recently, a study looking at multi-gene panels in BRCA1/BRCA2 positive families. Cristina also has completed the City of Hope's intensive course in cancer risk assessment.

This is part one of three-part podcast on genetics and breast cancer with Cristina. Listen to this podcast to hear her explain:

  • the difference between a genetic abnormality and a genetic mutation
  • what the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes do in the body and why having a mutation in one of them increases the risk of breast cancer
  • other genes besides the BRCA genes that are linked to a higher risk of breast cancer
  • other types of cancer that are linked to a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation

Running time: 20:55

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Apr 27, 2016 12:47PM Moderators wrote:

Genetics, Genetic Testing, and Breast Cancer: Part 2, March 3, 2016

Cristina Nixon is a licensed certified genetic counselor with the Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics Program at Main Line Health in Pennsylvania. In addition to counseling patients, she also assists with research, including most recently a study looking at multi-gene panels in BRCA1/BRCA2-positive families. Cristina also has completed the City of Hope's intensive course in cancer risk assessment.

This is part two of three-part podcast on genetics and breast cancer with Cristina. Listen to this podcast to hear her explain:

  • the factors that would recommend genetic testing for a particular woman
  • whether DCIS is consider differently than invasive cancer when recommending genetic testing
  • the process of genetic testing
  • when genetic testing wouldn't be recommended for a woman diagnosed with breast cancer

Running time: 23:44

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May 11, 2016 12:58PM Moderators wrote:

Genetics, Genetic Testing and Breast Cancer: Part 3, March 3, 2016

Cristina Nixon is a licensed certified genetic counselor with the Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics Program at Main Line Health in Pennsylvania. In addition to counseling patients, she also assists with research, including most recently a study looking at multi-gene panels in BRCA1/BRCA2-positive families. Cristina also has completed the City of Hope's intensive course in cancer risk assessment.

This is part three of three-part podcast on genetics and breast cancer with Cristina. Listen to this podcast to hear her explain:

  • how a woman could use an online risk assessment tool
  • the factors the different tools consider
  • why it's important that a woman use a risk assessment tool with her doctor or a licensed genetic counselor
  • what the results from direct-to-consumer testing companies such as 23andMe and Ancestry.com contain

Running time: 11:37

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May 11, 2016 01:02PM Moderators wrote:

Also, a great blog from BCO: Genetic Testing and Your Family Relationships, May 4, 2016

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