All in the Family - The Facts About Cancer and GeneticsHealthy NJ
Show # 2376
Original Airdate: 11/19/11
This program focuses on the complex link between genetics and cancer - in both diagnosis and treatment. Research shows that the majority of cancer occurs by chance or is due to environmental factors. However, some people have an increased chance of developing certain types of cancer, such as breast or ovarian cancer because of a genetic mutation. About 5 to 10% of all breast cancer cases and 10% of ovarian cases are due to such a mutation (American Cancer Society). Attention is given to significance of clinical trials of new medications, new therapies, as well as the overriding importance of more research on cancer prevention. In addition, the panel addresses the importance of education around genetic predisposition, and accessing appropriate support services for the patient and his/her family.
- Dr. Andre Goy - Chairman of the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center.
- Dr. Peter Tolias - Professor and Executive Director of the Institute of Genomic Medicine at UMDNJ â€“ New Jersey Medical School.
- Claire Grainger - Underwent genetic testing to determine her risk of developing cancer.
- Dr. Milayna Subar - Vice-President and head of Medcoâ€™s oncology prescription treatment area.