Program is open to women throughout the United States who are living with breast or ovarian cancer. All cancer results from genetic changes, but not all cancers are hereditary. Genetic counseling helps people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to the disease. Learn how genetic counseling can help you decide if genetic testing is right for you.
Topics to be covered: Reasons for consulting a genetic counselor and what to expect; How might genetic counseling impact your medical management? What are the testing criteria for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome (caused by mutations in the BRCA genes)? How does genetic testing affect insurance coverage? There will be a question and answer period.
SPEAKER: Nancy Cohen, cancer genetic counselor for Northern Westchester Hospital Ms. Cohen has an MS in Human Genetics from the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College. She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and completed the City of Hope Advanced Course in Cancer Risk Assessment.
To learn more or to pre-register (pre-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED) call Support Connection at 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.