BRCA in Men
Men with BRCA mutations can be at increased risk for certain cancers, namely breast, prostate, and pancreatic cancer, as well as melanoma. While cancer risks in male BRCA mutation carriers are not as dramatically elevated as those of female BRCA mutation carriers, and screening typically begins later in life, genetic testing, cancer risk management, and early detection can be life-saving.
Updates in Genetic Terminology: From "Mutation" to "Variant"
Basser Center genetic counselor Jessica Ebrahimzadeh, MS, LCGC, explains a recent update to the terminology around "genetic mutation."
Breast Cancer Doesn't Stop for COVID
Basser Center genetic counselor Danielle McKenna, MS, LCGC, discusses the importance of resuming your screening appointments and not postponing them because of the pandemic.
A BRCA Journey: Eli Lopez Shares Her Story for Hispanic Heritage Month
Patient advocate and BRCA1 mutation carrier Eli Lopez shares her story about her journey with hereditary cancer, including genetic testing, preventative surgery, and more.
Black Genes Matter: Why I’m Partnering with the Basser Center to Launch Black & BRCA
Patient advocate Erika Stallings writes about her own experiences living with a BRCA mutation and why she has partnered with the Basser Center to begin Black & BRCA, an initiative to raise awareness of hereditary cancer and to bring resources and support to the Black community.
What’s in a Name: Previvorship & Patient Advocacy
For National Previvor Day, Basser Center genetic counselor Becca Mueller, MS, LCGC, writes about the origins of the term and what it means to BRCA mutation carriers.
Clinician Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month
For this year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), we've compiled some helpful hereditary cancer resources for healthcare providers serving Latino patients and families.
Improving Early Detection and Treatment Options for Ovarian Cancer
Improving early detection and treatment of ovarian cancer is an important area of focus for the Basser Center for BRCA. Read about the latest research and ongoing studies focusing on screening, preventative surgery, and treatment options for ovarian cancer.
View Basser Center and Penn Medicine resources on the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly geared towards cancer patients and BRCA mutation carriers.
BRCA and Melanoma
Melanoma is a rare form of skin cancer that only makes up 1% of overall skin cancers. However, it is a particularly aggressive form, which it is why it’s important to recognize symptoms and know your personal risk for melanoma.
B is for Bravery: A BRCA War Story
Basser Young Leadership Council member Callum Beale writes about his sister's ongoing battle with BRCA-related cancer and how he is inspired by her bravery.
Basser Center genetic counselor Jacquelyn Powers, MS, LCGC, writes about her experience seeing patients via telehealth and considerations for the future.
Genetic Counseling via Telehealth
Basser Center genetic counselor Jacquelyn Powers, MS, LCGC, discusses genetic counseling via telehealth and what patients can expect from a typical appointment.
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.
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.
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.
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.