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Cancer's genetic connection topic of panel discussion

GENEVA – Sometimes cancer strikes because the tendency to develop certain cancers is programmed into our genes.

These include breast, ovarian, colorectal, prostate, medullary thyroid cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute.

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center will offer a free presentation and panel exploring the link between cancer from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, at the center, 1803 W. State St., Geneva.

The evening will begin with a documentary film “In the Family”, which focuses on filmmaker Joanna Rudnick’s experience with hereditary breast cancer.

A panel discussion will follow with experts taking questions from attendees. Panelists will be oncologist Robert Bayer of La Grange Oncology and genetic counselors Bhuma Krishnamachari, of Edward Hospital and Scott Michalski of Delnor Hospital.

Registration is required by calling 630-262-1111. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

“The film and the panel discussion will focus on what our genes really tell us about our cancer risk,” said Jill Smallwood, LivingWell program coordinator. "It will tell us how treatment decisions are altered after genetic testing, and what we should be aware of for our future generations if we are diagnosed with cancer or get a positive genetic test result."

The Genetics Panel presentation is part of the Six Weeks of Wellness program focusing on optimizing health for cancer survivors.

Upcoming presentations include: The Psychological Impact of Cancer, Can Alternative & Complementary Therapies Help? and Optimizing Bone Health.

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center is the one place in the Fox Valley region where people living with cancer, their families and friends, can go for information and support services. More information is available on its Web site,

Know more

More information on the connection between genetics and cancer is available on the Internet at:
• National Cancer Institute - and click on prevention, genetics and causes
• and click on genetics and breast cancer risk
• In the Family -

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