Hereditary Gynecologic Cancers

hereditary gynecologic cancers | PGD | Infertility

There are approximately one million people in the Untied States carrying genes for the most common hereditary gynecologic cancers: BRCA and Lynch syndrome. Early diagnosis of their carrier status and interventions such as increased surveillance and prophylactic surgeries can dramatically reduce their risk of dying from cancers caused by their genetic mutations. A focus on […]

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BRCA Preimplantation Genetic Screening of Embryos at Increased Risk for Cancer

BRCA1 (BReast CAncer) and BRCA2 are human genes known as tumor suppressors. Harmful mutations of these genes can be linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.  In the U.S., between one in 400 – 800 people in the general population carry a BRCA mutation.  Individuals with Ashkenazi Jewish background have an increased […]

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Pelvic Exams, a Thing of the Past? Learning Not to Dread a Visit to the Gynecologist

The cornerstone of good patient-doctor relationships is rooted in communication.  In the initial discussions, concerns are voiced and plans take form.  The astute physician draws from the mental playbook creating a differential diagnosis.  Focused physical exams verify or excluded presumed diagnosis. So, if a woman is without complaint gynecologic complaint, is the pelvic exam necessary?  […]

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Fertility Preservation for Women with Breast Cancer

Fertility Preservation for Women with Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after skin cancer and the second most common cause of cancer death after lung cancer. Women under age 40 account for 6% of new breast cancer cases in the United States. Fertility preservation for women with breast cancer needs more discussion. Thankfully adjuvant chemotherapy can be […]

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