Category: Cancer

grandparents holding young children genetic risk of cancer AT-GC telemedicine counseling
Everyone has a risk of developing cancer throughout their life. Cancer is caused by both copies of a gene (or segment of our DNA) in a cell in our body that has mutated and no longer functions correctly. By not functioning correctly, the cell loses control and starts to divide into additional mutated cells. These […]
Ashkenazi Jewish heritage and genetic counseling Advanced Tele-genetic Counseling AT-GC
When I was in graduate school, I saw a patient with my supervisor that I will never forget. We walked into a patient room to see a young couple and an older woman. The patient was in his early 30s. He had been waking up for 6 months with night sweats and had been having […]
mom hugging daughter with cancer can cancer run in the family ATGC advanced telegenetic counseling
If you have been diagnosed with cancer or have a family history of cancer, one of the main questions to naturally cross your mind is – can cancer run in a family? The answer is Yes – the risk to develop cancer or, in other words, the predisposition to cancer, can pass down from one […]
Almost every month of the year has been designated an awareness month for a certain type of cancer. In February, we celebrate national cancer prevention month. While some cancers are rarely detected prior to their beginning, there are several cancers that can be prevented or caught in the early stages through screening and routine care. […]
As a genetic counselor, when taking a family history during a genetic counseling session often people will say their grandmother or another female relative died of a “female cancer”. To a genetic counselor, there is an important difference between the “female cancers”. Ovarian cancer is quite rare and is associated with several inherited cancer syndromes. […]
stomach cancer
Some people might not know that a human being can live without their stomach. When a person is diagnosed with cancer, treatment options sometimes include removing the stomach. One support group called No Stomach For Cancer shares stories on their website of individuals who have needed to have their stomach removed. Having your stomach removed […]
A diagnosis of cancer can be a very overwhelming and emotional process. Questions of mortality, treatment, family, and more can come up. For young adults in particular, one of the many questions that need to be answered relates to the question of having children in the future. Oncofertility is one of the approaches to answering […]
It’s the time of year when all our lattés become pumpkin spice and all our ribbons become pink. As we sip our seasonally-mandated beverages, it is very easy to forget the history behind those pink ribbons, breast cancer awareness month, and why they are important. The History of Breast Cancer Awareness Month In the 1980s, […]
prostate cancer
Not too many people like to talk about their prostate, or screening for prostate cancer, or even if something is wrong with their prostate. The prostate is a small gland about the size of a walnut that produces seminal fluid, which nourishes and transports sperm. The prostate is below the bladder and in front of […]
ovarian cancer awareness
October is well-known as breast cancer awareness month.  Everything is drowned in a deluge of pink from bagels to bandanas to billboards.  While breast cancer awareness is very important—at least 12% of American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime—it can feel that this ocean of pink overshadows awareness for other serious […]