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Welcome to Positive Perspectives -- an empowering and informative series of weekly conversations all about hereditary cancer. As part of this endeavor, we speak with survivors, "previvors," doctors, scientists, genetic counselors, and influencers, to both educate and normalize all experiences related to being a mutation carrier. We explore topics ranging from genetic testing and recovery after mastectomy, to cutting-edge therapies and prevention strategies. Positive Perspectives is produced ...
 
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For our final episode, we chat with Dr. Hani Sbitany, co-director of the UCSF Center for Reconstructive Microsurgery and director of Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction. Dr. Sbitany shares some fascinating information about new technologies that are helping to improve the experience of breast reconstruction and recovery after surgery.…
 
In this episode of Positive Perspectives, we visit Sandra Frank, in her San Francisco home overlooking the castro and mission neighborhoods. Sandra is a BRCA2 mutation carrier and previvor who opted for a special kind of reconstructive surgery called the DIEP-flap following her preventative double mastectomy. We'll hear from Sandra about her mo ...…
 
On this episode of Positive Perspectives, we sit down with our own co-founder, Cary Cole. Apart from his philanthropy, Cary is also a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur (and you can learn more about his other work at BRCAfoundation.org/whoweare). We talk with Cary about his personal cancer journey, his BRCA diagnosis, his personal health ch ...…
 
For this episode of Positive Perspectives, we sit down with BRCA mutation carrier and previvor, Dr. Lisa Eli, who is the Associate Director of Translation Medicine and Diagnostics at Puma Biotechnology. Dr. Eli discusses her own journey as well as her perspective on cancer research and clinical trials in the age of big data and precision medicine.…
 
In this episode of Positive Perspectives, we're on the phone with Lorrie Goldin, LCSW, who wrote a series of essays that appeared in Salon and the Washington post, navigating her personal - and for some, controversial - health care decisions after she discovered she was a carrier of a BRCA2 mutation. After consulting with experts, Lorrie decide ...…
 
Dr. Ford is a medical oncologist and geneticist at Stanford, devoted to studying the genetic basis of breast and GI cancer development, treatment and prevention. Dr. Ford's research goals are to understand the role of genetic changes in cancer genes in the risk and development of common cancers. He studies the role of the BRCA1, BRCA2, p53 and ...…
 
Today we're on the phone with Alan Blassberg, who you might know from his recent documentary film: "Pink & Blue: Colors of hereditary cancer." Alan spent much of his career working in non-fiction production, but more recently, Alan has focused on working on programs that offer positive outcomes for participants and viewers. In 2004, Alan launch ...…
 
In episode 16 of Positive Perspectives, we visit Dr. Linda Oberstein, an adult primary care physician in the bay area who is working to remind cancer survivors and previvors to be aware of their total heatlh - encouraging patients to pay attention to preventative care outside of the world of hereditary cancer. Dr. Oberstein joined her father’s ...…
 
Today we turn it over to the BRCA Foundation’s deputy director, Gail Fisher, who sits down with Raleigh Zwerin, a BRCA1 mutation previvor, who is an administrator and educator with the (San Francisco) Bay Area Teacher Training Institute. A simple DNA test of her sister’s dog triggered a chain of events leading to Raleigh’s BRCA1 discovery. She ...…
 
In episode 14 of Positive Perspectives, we chat with oncologist Dr. Pamela Munster in her office at UC San Francisco about her cutting edge cancer therapeutics as well as her own experience with hereditary cancer.
 
In episode 13 of Positive Perspectives, we sit down with Parul Somani at Color. Parul is a young working mother, breast cancer survivor, and BRCA1 mutation carrier who graduated from MIT with an electrical engineering and computer science degree, and went on to complete an MBA from Harvard. Parul now works at Color in enterprise marketing. We f ...…
 
In episode 12 of Positive Perspectives, we talk with Dr. Joan Brugge about her newest projects and some of her most recent discoveries. Dr. Brugge is a cancer researcher at Harvard medical school and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute who has spent her career studying how cancer starts at the level of the cell, and how those cancer cells evade th ...…
 
Othman Laraki, co-founder and CEO of Color, joins us for episode 11 of Positive Perspectives. Color is a genetic testing company founded in 2013 that offers a comprehensive analysis of 30 genes associated with an increased risk for the most common hereditary cancers, including BRCA1 and BRCA2, all for only $249. Recently, The BRCA Foundation pa ...…
 
In episode 10 of Positive Perspectives, we're on the phone with Dr. David Livingston, from Harvard Medical School. For those of you interested in molecular biology, this interview is a deep dive into the biology of BRCA mutations. Dr. Livingston, along with many other researchers at Harvard, UCSF, and Stanford, is studying the events that compr ...…
 
In episode 9 of Positive Perspectives, we sit down with Dara Kosberg, a young woman with an emotional story of the fear around testing for the BRCA mutation after having lost her mother to breast cancer at a relatively early age. This interview highlights how vividly we can recall the emotionality of genetic testing even years after the fact.…
 
Alejandra Campoverdi is BRCA positive and after losing both a grandmother and great grandmother to breast cancer, she almost lost her mother to the disease, as well. Alejandra is a public figure with a unique tapestry of professional experiences. Among them, she’s a former White House aide to President Obama, and recent candidate for California ...…
 
Dr. Mindy Goldman, director of the Women's Cancer Care Program at UCSF, is an OB/GYN specializing in gynecologic care for post-menopausal women or women dealing with induced menopause following risk-reducing surgeries related to hereditary cancer. Dr. Goldman is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Survivorship pane ...…
 
For our sixth episode of Positive Perspectives, we sit down with Stanford's Dr. Allison Kurian to discuss the intersection of big data and clinical care. We ask Dr. Kurian about how she approaches questions that can only be answered with huge datasets, how she’s working to increase access to clinically-relevant information and what she thinks a ...…
 
Our fifth positive perspective comes from Harvey Singer, based in up-state New York, and we spoke via telephone. He is a BRCA2 mutation carrier, co-founder of HIS Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, and author of the book, “Sir, you have breast cancer!” We discuss Harvey’s personal story of breast cancer and what it was like to interact with bo ...…
 
Our fourth guest is Amy Byer Shainman, a BRCA mutation carrier and social media hereditary cancer awareness advocate known as "the BRCA responder." After a close family member was diagnosed with multiple separate cancers at a young age, Amy discovered that she was BRCA positive, and opted immediately for risk-reducing surgeries. We’ll discuss h ...…
 
Our third guest this week is Dorene Kastelman, a BRCA mutation carrier and a stage 4 ovarian cancer survivor. Shortly after testing positive for a BRCA mutation, Dorene entered a clinical trial that was testing the efficacy of a specific PARP inhibitor for late-stage ovarian cancers thought to be associated with BRCA mutations. When the clinica ...…
 
Our second guest is Lauren Ryan, a licensed genetic counselor at Color. Color is a health technology company based just outside of San Francisco that provides genetic testing to help women and men understand their risk for the most common hereditary cancers, including breast, ovarian, colon, and pancreatic. Lauren walks us through some of the b ...…
 
For our first Positive Perspective, we’ll hear from Netsuite founder Evan Goldberg, who’s not only co-founder of the BRCA Foundation, but is himself BRCA positive. Evan, a Silicon Valley success story, only discovered his BRCA status after his biological mother tracked him down as an adult to inform him of her own mutation. Fifteen years after ...…
 
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