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Identifying Barriers & Opportunities to Address Hereditary Cancer Risks

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American Cancer Society, Inc.

225 North Michigan Avenue

#1200

Chicago, IL 60601

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7:30am: Registration & Light Breakfast

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The American Cancer Society of Chicago and the Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center For Jewish Genetics are proud and excited to be teaming up for a unique initiative to build upon the work already established in the Jewish Community, and to build broader public awareness about barriers and opportunities to access potentially life-saving genetic testing. Our first step in this exciting partnership with the Sarnoff Center is an initial, fact-finding discovery event. Our aim is to convene subject matter experts like you to share ideas for mitigating genetic risks for cancer, develop horizon goals, and how we might design and build process improvements.

A diverse array of perspectives will be represented --- clinicians, researchers, Information technology experts, navigators, communicators, and patients, who bring invaluable first-hand insights. The goal of this discovery event include identifying what health systems are doing (or not doing) to evaluate patients whose family history may signal an increased risk for certain cancers (for instance – higher occurrence of BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes), along with discussion of additional stakeholders that should be consulted From there, ACS will work with the Sarnoff Center on outlining and executing near terms goals for local needs assessment research, along with securing commitment from attendees to reconvene and review results of needs assessment in the future for potential further collaboration.

Current Confirmed Panelists Include:

      • Dr. Carolyn Bruzdzinski, Vice President, Regional Cancer Control, North Central Region at American Cancer Society (moderator)
      • Dr. Susan Domcheck, ED for Basser Center at Abramson Cancer Center of Philadelphia
      • Shelly Weiss, Genetic Counselor at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
      • Sivan Schondorf, Executive Director and Speech Language Pathologist at Midwest Integrative Therapies, LLC
      • Dr. Peter Hulick, Director for Center for Personalized Medicine at NorthShore Health Systems
      • Taya Fallen, MmS LCGC, Genetic Counselor at Insight Medical Genetics
      • Megan Burns, Senior Manager, Patient Navigation at American Cancer Society
      • Dr. Pam Ganschow, MD – Director of Breast/Cervical Cancer Screening at Stroger/Cook County Hospital
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