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Gwen Darien Executive Vice President, Patient Advocacy. National Patient Advocate Foundation


Gwen Darian, one of my advisors for DNAandU, was asked to contribute an essay to the National Academy of Medicine’s Perspectives on the occasion of their 2018 annual meeting. She has graciously allowed me to link to her story which provides her patient/advocate perspective. Read about her three time diagnosis of cancer here. Thanks, Gwen!!

All in the Family

All in the Family

Once I was diagnosed with breast cancer I felt I could go forward with genetic testing since that diagnosis was in my medical records anyway. I got in contact with my sister who had learned as part of a research study that she had a BRCA gene mutation. I asked her what specific gene mutation they had found in her. Then I could have testing specifically for that gene.

(Photo from NCI site)