Diving Deep with Patient Advocates

I’ve been a certified genetic counselor for over 20 years, working in pediatrics, general genetics, cancer genetics, and now as the CEO of my own company, My Gene Counsel. I have counseled thousands of patients and their families over these two decades, have run patient support groups, and have created and produced a podcast of patient stories. At this point in my career I’m considered a seasoned genetic counselor. At this point, shouldn’t I know everything there is to know about patients?   No. I continue to be reminded that… more...

What is PGD? How Can It Help Those with Lynch syndrome?

What is Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and How Can It Help Those with Lynch syndrome?  Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) was introduced in 1990 and has provided a way to screen embryos for genetic conditions, chromosomal abnormalities, and mitochondrial disorders. This method enables couples to perform an embryo genetic analysis before transferring the embryo to the uterus during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle. Before the introduction of PGD, the only option available to couples with a hereditary genetic condition was to naturally conceive and then perform prenatal testing, such… more...

G’s Book Review of The Gene By Siddhartha Mukherjee

G’s Book Review of The Gene “Human beings are ultimately nothing but carriers — passageways — for genes. They ride us into the ground like racehorses from generation to generation. Genes don’t think about what constitutes good or evil. They don’t care whether we are happy or unhappy. We’re just means to an end for them. The only thing they think about is what is most efficient for them.” – Haruki Murakami  Sid and I have something profound in common: “Scarcely a day passes in my adult life when I do… more...

What do BRCA and Lynch syndrome have in Common?

A few years ago, Karen Malkin-Lazarovitz, founder of the BRCA Sisterhood on Facebook, reached out to me and asked me if I would be interested in being an administrator for the group. The BRCA Sisterhood is the largest BRCA Facebook support group for women, with almost 7,000 members – it’s an incredible resource for those who have been recently diagnosed with BRCA and are considering options for how to proceed. Karen’s group includes women from all over the world who share their stories, decisions, and intimate details… more...

February’s #Hcchat: What You Need To Know About Immunotherapy And Lynch Syndrome Related Cancers

February’s #Hcchat: What You Need To Know About Immunotherapy And Lynch Syndrome Related Cancers Do you have Lynch syndrome or a Lynch syndrome related cancer? Then you most definitely do not want to miss this #Hcchat on Twitter. We will be discussing immunotherapy and Lynch cancers with Stephanie Goff, MD,  from the NIH. February’s #Hcchat: What You Need To Know About Immunotherapy And Lynch Syndrome Related Cancers If you are unable to participate then please note that you may access the transcript on February 19th here: more...

The Beacon of Light and Hope for those with Lynch syndrome…

The Beacon of Light and Hope: Marika The Beacon of Light and Hope for those with Lynch syndrome…. The best part of being an advocate for those with hereditary cancer syndromes is having the privilege of getting to know some extraordinary souls. Last January, I received an email from a gentleman named Marco who had recently been diagnosed with Lynch syndrome; his mother Marika was suffering from kidney cancer – this was her third bout with cancer due to Lynch syndrome. Marika inherited Lynch syndrome from her mother who also… more...

From Awareness to Action: A Petition Calling on Myriad Genetics …

From Awareness to Action: A Petition Calling on Myriad Genetics to Free the Data by KJ Surkan, PhD It’s October again – Breast Cancer Awareness Month – and in 2015 I have to wonder, what exactly does that mean? Is there really anyone left in this country who has not been touched by this disease, who still needs to be made aware of it? The White House went pink on Friday to honor the 1 in 8 women in the U.S. who will develop breast cancer. That is an… more...

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