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A Few of My Favorite Things: Men Wearing Pink and Thinking about Genetic Testing

By | Cancer

Like the song suggests, many people consider “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens” a few of their favorite things. For me, I have some year-round favorites (my family, friends and 2-year-old golden retriever, Butterbear), but many of my favorite things are almost always associated with October: the autumn season, changing leaves, pumpkin-everything, cool crisp weather, a favorite sweatshirt, football games and of course, men wearing pink. I have seen some criticism on the overuse of the color pink for breast cancer awareness. But as a cancer genetic counselor who primarily sees patients for personal and family histories of breast cancer, when I see the pink socks, pink ties, pink shoelaces and pink football jerseys take center stage in support of breast cancer awareness, research and support, it truly gives me the same warm fuzzy feeling that I get when I break out my favorite sweatshirt for the first time that season. However, seeing more men wearing pink every October also leads me to ask, “Is that really enough? What else can men do to help support the cause that women (and men) fight every day?” While I personally don’t have the solution on how to end breast cancer, there…

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Uptake of Services Among Patients Referred for Hereditary Cancer Genetic Counseling

By | Research, Cancer

By Gordon, ES, Fine CA, Swope B, Meyers L, Weissman SM, Bailey J, Fan A, Jordan E, LeLuyer B, Rope AF, Shabazz H, and Bleyl SB Recent studies have found that despite clear guidelines, patients are under referred for genetic counseling for hereditary cancer risks (Childrers et al 2017). However the impact of low referral is further compounded by low uptake of genetic counseling among those who are referred. Published data suggests that in the majority of studies uptake of referrals for hereditary cancer counseling is less than 50% (7.3% to 44%) (Niendorf et al 2016, Kne et al 2017, Rahm et al 2007). Here we describe our approach to referrals, data on patient follow through and proposed opportunities for improvement. Genome Medical, a nationwide telegenetic service, contracted with a large health system to provide cancer genetic counseling services. To date, we received 407 referrals in an 11 week period. All patients were referred to genetics within the health system previously, but due to staffing shortages did not see a genetics provider. Some referrals were up to 12 months old. All patients referred to Genome Medical were contacted within one week of receiving the referral to attempt to schedule. Two…

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