Considerations for “Previvors” During COVID-19

The Basser Center understands that for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers and others at high risk of cancer, COVID-19 may have disrupted screening schedules and surgical plans. While each situation is unique, we offer the following general advice.

Maria Malloy

Advice from a Nurse Navigator: What to Expect from a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Maria Malloy, BSN, RN, OCN, CBCN, a nurse navigator in Penn Medicine’s Breast Cancer program, discusses what to expect from a breast cancer diagnosis.

Mackenzie

Finding Support and Community Through Instagram: A Conversation with Mackenzie Alleman

Mackenzie Alleman, a BRCA mutation carrier and patient advocates, shares how she found support and community online and offers suggestions to those looking for help.

Jamila Kinsey with her mother and sister

Raising Awareness of Breast Cancer in the Black Community: A Discussion with Jamila Kinsey

Jamila Kinsey, a BRCA mutation carrier and patient advocate talks about the importance of raising awareness of breast cancer in the Black community and why this is so vital.

Genetic Counselor Takeover: Genetic Counseling as a Route to Genetic Evaluation (and Beyond)

Jessica M. Long, MS, LCGC, a genetic counselor at the Basser Center, writes about the importance of genetic counseling, potential obstacles to meeting a counselor in person, and remote options.

Navigating Sexual Health and Intimacy After Surgery: A Discussion with Dana Donofree

Dana Donofree, designer and founder of AnaOno Intimages, shares her own experience with cancer and discusses how to navigate sexual health and intimacy after surgery.

Penn Center for Genome Integrity: Hereditary Cancer and Beyond

Roger Greenberg, MD, PhD, the Basser Center’s Director of Basic Science and the Director of the new Penn Center for Genome Integrity, discusses the new Center and how its research will apply to hereditary cancer and more.

Genetic Counselor Takeover: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer Risk

Basser Center genetic counselor Jessica M. Long, MS, LCGC, explains the ins and outs of direct-to-consumer genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk.

Ask Dr. Domchek: Enhancing PARP Inhibitors

As part of an ongoing series of answers to common questions received by the Basser Center, Executive Director Susan Domchek, MD, discusses PARP inhibitors and ways in which they might be combined with other cancer treatments.

Changes in Classification of BRCA1/2 Mutations are Extremely Rare

In light of a recent news article, the Basser Center stresses that it is extremely rare that genetic testing reports change an interpretation from harmful to anything less than that. If you have been told that you have a BRCA mutation, it is exceedingly unlikely that anything has changed.

Genetic Counselor Takeover: What Age Should You be Tested for a BRCA Mutation?

Basser Center genetic counselors Danielle McKenna, MS, LCGC, explains what age at which at-risk individuals should consider testing for a BRCA mutation.

Prostate Cancer Screening with a BRCA Mutation

Kara Maxwell, MD, PhD, a physician scientist with the Basser Center and University of Pennsylvania, discusses hereditary prostate cancer and recent scientific advancements.

Genetic Counselor Takeover: National Family Health History Day

Basser Center genetic counselor Jessica Ebrahimzadeh, MS, LCGC, gives advice about how to discuss health history and cancer risk with your family. 

BRCA and Pancreatic Cancer: Recent Advancements

Kim Reiss Binder, MD, a medical oncologist and clinical researcher with the Basser Center and the University of Pennsylvania, explains ongoing trials and recent advancements related to BRCA-related pancreatic cancer.

Choosing How to Manage Your BRCA-Associated Breast Cancer Risk: Mastectomy vs Surveillance

Payal Shah, MD, a medical oncologist and clinical researcher with the Basser Center and the University of Pennsylvania, writes about how to manage BRCA-associated breast cancer risk and how best to decide between surgery and surveillance. 

Genetic Counselor Takeover: How to Approach Preventative Surgery

Basser Center genetic counselor Jackie Powers, MS, LCGC, writes about how to approach preventative surgery and how she counsels patients considering mastectomies to reduce cancer risk.

Katrina Wells

Managing My Ovarian Cancer Risk

Basser Young Leadership Council member Katrina Wells, a BRCA mutation carrier, shares her personal story with how she is managing her ovarian cancer risk.

What You Need to Know About Surgical Menopause

Penn Medicine's Ann L. Steiner, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist and clinical professor, discusses what you need to know about surgical menopause.