• By Tawanna St. Lewis, MS, CGC
  • Posted November 20, 2023

Guest Blog: The Importance of Family Health History

My name is Tawanna St. Lewis, and I have been a genetic counselor for going on seven years now. My love for the profession continues to grow. I remain passionate about my role because I enjoy speaking with and helping patients, and I genuinely appreciate it when patients feel comfortable enough to share their health history and family history.…

  • By Meagan Farmer
  • Posted August 9, 2023

Her Healthcare: Leveraging the CARE Program to Scale High-Risk Patient Identification

We recently met with Texas OB/GYN, Dr. Noel Boyd. We learned about her passion for caring for the whole patient and helping to identify those at increased risk for cancer so that they can make proactive choices to address their risk. Dr. Boyd’s practice implemented The CARE ProgramTM, which stands for “Comprehensive Assessment of Risk and…

  • By Jessica Ordonez, MS, CGC
  • Posted June 28, 2018

Benefits of Utilizing Family History & Clinical Data Management Tools to Maximize Efficiency and Productivity in Clinical Cancer Risk Assessment

As a genetic counselor, creating a family history is one of my greatest tools for clinical practice. It helps me assess an individual’s risk for a particular genetic condition, establish rapport with my patient, and educate on the features and variability of a genetic condition. For many years, family history was a manual process, where stencils…

  • By Jessica Profato, MS, CGC
  • Posted February 15, 2018

Using Family History to Guide Cancer Prevention

There are many factors that impact your patients’ risk to develop certain cancers, including whether or not they have a family history of the disease, which can significantly impact the likelihood they may develop cancers such as breast, colorectal, and prostate. Individuals with a strong family history of cancer may have a hereditary cancer…

  • By Eve Mart
  • Posted November 20, 2017

Genetic Testing May Have Changed Things for My Mom

*Editor's Note: In honor of Family History Day, which is on Thanksgiving, Eve Mart is sharing the story how hereditary cancer has shaped her relationship with her mother, and how genetic testing may have been able to help change the course of her mother's health. I often tell women “be your own best advocate”, and I truly mean it.…

  • By Jessica Profato, MS, CGC
  • Posted September 25, 2017

Knowledge is Power: Learn More About Lynch Syndrome

Over the past few years, hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, and the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, have received a lot of media attention. From the perspective of a Genetic Counselor, I can say that these stories have helped raise awareness about hereditary cancer and the importance of understanding your family history. I hope that…

  • By David Dubin
  • Posted March 30, 2017

Since You Asked, Here's My Advice to Cancer Patients

In my role as co-founder of AliveAndKickn, people ask me for my opinion all the time. Topics range from how to manage pain, how to navigate post-cancer survivorship, to whether or not the U.S. will ever become a world soccer powerhouse. (No, I’m not kidding.) I’m not big on giving advice, but I try to answer as honestly as I can. First,…

  • By Jackie Connor
  • Posted March 14, 2017

Four Reasons Why Genetic Testing Matters to the Individual with Colorectal Cancer

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, and more than 95,000 new cases of colon cancer and 39,000 new cases of rectal cancer are estimated for 2017, according to the American Cancer Society. Up to 10% of colorectal cancer is hereditary, or caused by inherited gene mutations. Hereditary…

  • By Georgia Hurst
  • Posted March 2, 2017

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month- Do you Know About Lynch Syndrome?

In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, I would like to discuss the most common cause of hereditary colorectal and uterine cancer – Lynch syndrome. In fact, this post is dedicated to my brother Jimmy, who died of colon cancer due to Lynch syndrome at the age of 36. Lynch syndrome is a hereditary cancer condition passed down in families…

  • By Jackie Connor
  • Posted November 16, 2016

Quality Genetic Testing and Why it Matters on Lifetime's 'Access Health' Television

Genetic testing has become an impactful method for clinicians to help their patients confirm their chances of inheriting a genetic disease. Testing quality is an imperative element in determining a patient’s next steps and whether their family members should also be tested. On November 16th, Ambry CEO Aaron Elliott, PhD and Robina Smith, MD,…