Session 7 - Living with a Gene Mutation: Impact on the family

This session is intended for Caregivers, Patients, Professionals, Members of the General Public

This session will provide an overview for those facing a high risk of hereditary cancer diagnoses with the intent of offering information, practical and supportive resources.

Presentation will include :

  1. Understanding hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, and the impact of a genetic mutation diagnosis
  2. Understanding the emotional impact of being diagnosed with a genetic mutation
  3. Communicating with immediate family e.g. telling your kids
  4. Communicating with extended family – who and how
  5. Living with uncertainty – coping strategies for the individual and family
  6. Understanding risk management options

These topics will be addressed during this conference and will be followed by a question/answer period.

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Watch the Partners in Care Cancer Series : Caregivers, survivors, and health care professionals talk about the importance of the caregiver in the breast and ovarian cancer journey. Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3  – Part 4

  1. Director of Support Services & Community Engagement Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support With a background in social work, and women’s studies Danielle joined Willow in 2001, and has held several positions involving education, outreach and volunteer engagement. Her current role at Willow involves the education, support and training for our staff and volunteers to equip them with the skills and tools to provide the best possible service to all Canadians affected by breast and hereditary cancer. Danielle has over ten years of group facilitation and training experience in this field. On a personal level, she is a caregiver for her mother-in-law who had breast cancer in 2010.

  1. Nathalie Bolduc is a genetic counsellor with almost 20 years of clinical experience. She started her career at the Quebec University Health Centre working with French Canadian BRCA families for several years. She then joined the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal and worked in several clinical settings including prenatal diagnosis, reproductive technologies, pediatric genetics and adult genetics. In 2008, she became the point person for genetic services and predictive testing for Huntington disease in the province of Quebec. Last May, she left the academic health centre practice to join LifeLabs Genetics where she is the Senior Territory Manager for Quebec and Atlantic Canada. She remains involved in teaching of genetic counselling students and residents in genetics.

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