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Genetic Testing and Ovarian Cancer
Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Leigha Ann Senter-Jamieson, MS, LGC | Released: March 23, 2015, 8:39 am
As a genetic counselor specializing in ovarian cancer, I was heartened to learn about a recently approved chemotherapy treatment for women with a type of inherited ovarian cancer. In December, the US. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval of Lynparza (also known as olaparib) for
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2015 Genetic Testing Trends: Precision Medicine, Breast & Ovarian Cancer, and Home DNA Tests
Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Joy Larsen Haidle | Released: February 18, 2015, 2:42 pm
The year ahead promises to be an exciting one in the field of genetics, and to officially kick it off I’d like to highlight a few trends the National Society of Genetic Counselors is watching. Precision Medicine: During his State of the Union address this year, President Obama announced his precis
Considering genetic counseling about mental illness? Here’s what to expect
Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Jehannine C. Austin | Released: January 6, 2015, 9:36 am
If you have a personal experience with mental illness or a family member who does, you may have wondered if your children or children you might have in the future could develop mental illness too. Perhaps you’ve wondered what caused the illness or maybe you’ve felt guilty and blamed yourself.
How Genetics Affects Infertility and Miscarriage
Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Jason Flanagan | Released: December 3, 2014, 7:48 am
As a genetic counselor specializing in preconception and prenatal genetics, I know that many patients have trouble trying to have a baby. In fact, it is estimated that one in eight couples will have some form of infertility. Even though it is common, many couples feel isolated as they watch friends
The Genetics of Thyroid Cancer: What You Need to Know
Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Rebecca J. Nagy | Released: November 13, 2014, 8:33 am
Thyroid cancer is a common and mostly treatable disease, though there are some aggressive forms of thyroid cancer that do not respond to treatment. About 63,000 Americans will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer and nearly 2,000 people will die of the disease in 2014