Hot Careers: Become a Certified Genetic Counselor!

Do you like genetics and working with patients? Do you want to be a genetic counselor? Are you interested in learning more about the field? These are a few of the first things individuals interested in the career often think about. The second is often figuring out how to get a starting foot into the process. Either way, genetic counseling is an exciting field that is rewarding in many ways. What is certified genetic counseling? The National Society of Genetic Counselors defines the “professional as having specialized education in… more...

Guardian of the Genome: An Overview of Li-Fraumeni Syndrome

Li-Fraumeni syndrome When I was initially diagnosed with Lynch syndrome, I became highly interested in other hereditary cancer syndromes and wanted to learn as much about them as I could. Reading about them gave me tremendous perspective. The more I read, the more I recognized the parallels between them … there may be some different cancer manifestations of these syndromes but for the most part the emotional gravity of having a hereditary cancer syndrome is the same. -Georgia You may be familiar with the BRCA genes and Lynch syndrome, but… more...

Thanksgiving is National Family Health History Day!

  Thanksgiving is National Family Health History Day! With the holiday season fast approaching in the US, many of us are looking forward to celebrating by spending quality time with family. But besides enjoying turkey dinners and holiday sales, did you also know that Thanksgiving is a great time to gather a family health history? In 2004, the U.S. Surgeon General declared Thanksgiving as National Family Health History Day. This information is very useful for your health care providers to know what medical conditions you may be at risk… 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...

Living with Lynch syndrome: Guest Blog by Elizabeth Cappaert

My last entry in August 2015 (http://goo.gl/xzW91x) focused on my upcoming hysterectomy and emotional reactions. I mentioned that I was diagnosed with colon cancer in May, Lynch syndrome in June, and endometrial cancer in July. Here, I hope to share in greater detail about what I’ve lost, found and claimed since I first heard “cancer”. My first cancer diagnosis came in May 2015. After 2 trips to the ER for unendurable abdominal pain, I was finally referred to a GI doctor who scheduled a colonoscopy.… 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...

Mayo Clinic Vist 2016

Mayo Clinic Visit 2016. I went to Mayo Clinic at the end of May for my annual screenings and many of you on Facebook and Twitter asked that I share my experience. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has doctors who know about Lynch syndrome – they know which screenings and tests are needed for specific mutations — I cannot recommend them enough. I am confident I am receiving the best care possible there and encourage others with Lynch to go there as well. You may have all your… more...

#Hcchat: Should We Test Minors for Hereditary Cancer Syndromes?

#Hcchat: What About The Kids? Should We Test Minors For Hereditary Cancer Syndromes? I’m honored to announce that Pathway Genomics is sponsoring #Hcchat on Monday. Much gratitude to them for also supporting ihavelynchsyndrome.org’s advocacy efforts. #Hcchat will be focusing on a controversial topic: Should We Test Minor Children for Hereditary Cancer Syndromes? I can assure you this #Hcchat will be very informative and thought provoking. If you’re interested in #Hcchat, you may also, want to know it’s important offshoot: #Hcchat (Hereditary cancer chat) News. It’s a monthly newsletter… more...

Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day 2016

Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day 2016 Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day is March 22nd and during Colon Awareness Month, it is important to note that 5% of all colorectal cancers are due to Lynch syndrome. Unfortunately, Lynch syndrome may hold implications for various cancers, dependent upon which mutation you hold. Lynch syndrome is an inherited cancer susceptibility syndrome caused by mutations in one of five DNA mismatch repair (MMR) genes. It is passed down in families in a pattern called autosomal dominant, meaning that each child has a… more...

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