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Positive Perspectives is an empowering and informative series of weekly conversations about hereditary cancer. We speak with survivors, “previvors,” doctors, scientists, and influencers, with the aim of educating and normalizing all experiences related to being a BRCA mutation carrier. Positive Perspectives is produced by the BRCA Foundation, which funds research for the prevention of BRCA cancers through transformational grants at Stanford, Harvard, and UCSF. Find out more at brcafoundation.org.
||CleanNew technologies revolutionize breast reconstruction: UCSF's Dr. Hani Sbitany weighs in.||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...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat happens when both parents are BRCA positive? Sandra Frank on family planning and 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...||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCary Cole shares his personal cancer journey and his motivations for launching the BRCA Foundation.||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)....||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn smarter clinical trials and targeted cancer therapies with Lisa Eli, PhD., of Puma Biotechnology.||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..||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"What happened when I chose surveillance over surgery?" BRCA2+ Lorrie Goldin, LCSW, shares her story||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..||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr. James Ford, Director of the Stanford Clinical Cancer Genetics & Genomics Programs||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...||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBRCA - a man's perspective: Alan Blassberg on his film "Pink & Blue" and being a BRCA+ man.||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...||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTaking care of your whole self: Dr. Linda Oberstein on comprehensive primary care for BRCA carriers.||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...||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRaleigh Zwerin on previvorship and advocacy||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...||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is it like to be both cancer expert and patient? UCSF's Dr. Pamela Munster shares her perspective.||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.||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"New blog. New baby. New Cancer." Parul Somani's Hereditary Cancer Journey.||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...||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat happens at the beginning? Dr. Joan Brugge investigates the genesis of hereditary cancer.||Dr. Joan Brugge investigates the genesis of hereditary cancer||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanColor CEO Othman Laraki on genetic testing and precision medicine||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...||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr. David Livingston on the biology of BRCA||Dr. David Livingston on the biology of BRCA||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow the specter of genetic testing affected Dara Kosberg's life after losing someone to cancer.||Dara Kosberg's life after loss and the specter of genetic testing||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBRCA in marginalized communities: Alejandra Campoverdi's talks healthcare access and politics.||Alejandra Campoverdi, on advocacy, politics, and women's health.||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat are the symptoms of induced menopause? OB/GYN Dr. Mindy Goldman on symptoms and treatment.||In this episode, Dr. Goldman addresses both common gynecologic symptoms following prophylactic salpingo oophorectomy and current treatment options for survivors and previvors dealing with surgical menopause.||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat happens at the intersection of big data and clinical care? Dr. Allison Kurian weighs in.||Stanford's Dr. Allison Kurian discusses the importance of mining huge datasets to better inform clinical practice.||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Sir. You have breast cancer." Harvey Singer, BRCA2+, shares his story of male breast cancer.||Harvey Singer, co-founder of HIS Breast Cancer Foundation talks male breast cancer and BRCA2.||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA ticking time bomb inside my body: "The BRCA Responder," talks previvorship and advocacy.||Amy Byer Shainman, "The BRCA Responder, " shares her own BRCA story and how it encouraged her to speak out about hereditary cancer.||8/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDorene Kastelman, talks PARP inhibitors, BRCA, and living with stage 4 ovarian cancer.||Dorene Kastelman, stage 4 Ovarian cancer survivor, and advocate for hereditary cancer families, shares the story of her initial diagnosis, the ensuing months of uncertainty, and her eventual participation in a clinical trial exploring the efficacy of PA||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe genetics of hereditary cancer. Lauren Ryan, MS, LCGC. from Color, explains.||Lauren Ryan, MS, LCGC, genetic counselor at Color, sat down with the BRCA Foundation to cover the basic genetics of hereditary cancer, the pipeline from spit sample to genetic report, and the wide range of reactions when some people learn about their ge||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEvan Goldberg on launching the BRCA Foundation||Evan Goldberg, Chairman, President and Director of the BRCA Foundation, discusses his motivation for launching a 21st century hereditary cancer foundation, and how the BRCA Foundation is well-positioned to incorporate the power of big data into cancer r||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
So interesting to get perspectives here from people who are both on the research side and the patient side.
Moving and Informative
I listened to a deeply moving interview with an ovarian cancer survivor who talked about getting diagnosed, being part of clinical trials and dealing with the diagnosis as a family.
Sceince & Stories
This is such a wonderful series full of science, practical information and personal stories-- I devoured all 3! I am looking forward to future Positive Perspectives podcasts.