Ask the Expert: Genetic Testing and Ovarian Cancer

Thu, Sep 28, 2017
4:00pm to 6:00pm MT

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Now available here: https://youtu.be/i-Lot3gEYto

In this informative webchat, Dr. Secord discusses what genetic testing can mean for you and your family and answers your questions on genetic testing. In addition, Katya Lezin, patient advocate and ovarian cancer survivor, shares her experience and insight on the rapidly changing field of genetic testing, which is improving care for ovarian cancer patients and those predisposed to the disease.

About the speakers:

Dr. Secord is a Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the Duke Cancer Institute.  She received the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Foundation – Burroughs Wellcome Scholarship and Berlex Foundation Scholar Award in Basic Science to evaluate the regulation of angiogenesis in ovarian cancer as well as other grants exploring the tumor microenvironment, novel therapeutics, and biomarkers to direct treatment.  Dr. Secord has received awards from Duke University Medical Center, the Mid-Atlantic Gynecologic Oncology Society, and the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists for her research in ovarian carcinoma.

She is currently the Director of Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Trials and the Associate Director of Clinical Research, Gynecology Oncology, at the Duke Cancer Institute.  She is a member of the NRG Oncology Group, GOG Partners Foundation, Society of Gynecology Oncology, and American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Even though the extent of her Jewish lineage is a keen appreciation for a good bagel and lox, Katya Lezin is enough of an Ashkenazi Jew to inherit the BRCA-1 genetic mutation.  Her indoctrination into the world of hereditary cancer came when Lezin was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May 2011. Despite the fact that her cancer journey has included a recurrence (in November 2013), seven surgeries, months of chemotherapy, ten hospitalizations and the removal of multiple body parts, she thinks the Big C has brought more good than bad into her life.

She has chronicled her cancer journey in her weekly column for The Charlotte Observer and in a memoir she wrote entitled, But I Just Grew Out My Bangs, A Cancer Tale.

This educational program was made possible by funding from Myriad Genetics.

About Myriad Genetics

Myriad Genetics discovers and commercializes molecular diagnostic tests that: determine the risk of developing disease, accurately diagnose disease, assess the risk of disease progression, and guide treatment decisions across six major medical specialties.  It is their mission to provide healthcare professionals and patients with affordable and accurate information they can rely upon when decisions matter most.

About the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

For more than 25 years, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition has been committed to raising awareness, promoting education, and funding research in support of women, families, and communities touched by ovarian cancer. The NOCC is well established as an important national advocate for patients and families struggling with ovarian cancer. The NOCC remains steadfast in its mission “to save lives by fighting tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer and to improve the quality of life for survivors.” For more information, please visit www.ovarian.org and follow the NOCC on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.

*The Ask the Expert Guest Series is not intended to be a substitute for healthcare professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Speak to your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding your health.

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Thank you NOCC and Myriad Genetics for making this webchat possible! We are looking forward to learning more about ovarian cancer genetics! You can submit a question for Dr. Secord by posting a comment here in the community.

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Thank you NOCC and Myriad Genetics for making this webchat possible! We are looking forward to learning more about ovarian cancer genetics! You can submit a question for Dr. Secord by posting a comment here in the community.

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Hi will this webinar be recorded? I would love to attend but am not available at that time. Thanks, Vanessa

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Hi @ness130, the webinar will be recorded and released here in the community as soon as possible.

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Today at 7pm EDT, join us here in the community to learn more about genetic testing for ovarian cancer and get your questions answered!

How beneficial is genetic testing in case of Ovarian cancer and how does it help in line of treatment

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Do OC-related genes differ greatly among sisters? Would it be important for all sisters of OC survivors to get genetic testing?

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Thank you NOCC and Myriad Genetics for making this webchat possible! We are looking forward to learning more about ovarian cancer genetics! You can submit a question for Dr. Secord by posting a comment here in the community.

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Hi- I have both BrCA mutations and was diagnosed in Feb of 2016 with stage 3C Fallopian tube/ovarian cancer. My doctor told me
that having the mutations could be a blessing in disguise because of more treatment options- is that accurate? I’m currently on a Parp inhibitor (Rubraca) for a recurrence that happened 5 months from frontline this past December. Coincidently, my tumor had 20 mutations as well. Thanks- Laura

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Do OC-related genes differ greatly among sisters? Would it be important for all sisters of OC survivors to get genetic testing?

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Definitely! I had both BRCA mutations and both my sisters were tested. Neither one have the mutations but my daughter does.

Laura

The live webchat will begin at 7pm EDT

The Web Chat with the Expert series is not intended to be a substitute for advice from a healthcare professional, diagnosis, or treatment. Speak to your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding your health.

We want to thank all of you for participating in today’s Web Chat. We appreciate the NOCC, Myriad Genetics, Dr. Secord and Katya Lezin for making this educational event possible. We will be starting the webchat shortly!

The Web Chat will be starting in just a few moments! If you have trouble viewing, refresh your screen and click on the play button in the video player.

How do I sign in?

@loralar

How do I sign in?

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Hi @loralar, you should be able to select the play button on the video player and see today’s webchat. we will be starting in just a moment.

Thank you Dr Secord

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