Welcome to Thoughts from FORCE blog. Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. About 1 million Americans carry a BRCA or other gene mutation that puts them at high risk for these cancers. Through our programs FORCE provides lifesaving information, resources, and support, and advocates for families that may carry one of these cancer-causing genes.

This blog will cover topics of interest that affect our community. Unless otherwise stated, the blog articles will be written by Sue Friedman, Executve Director of FORCE.

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  1. Hey Sue! I see there are no blog entries yet, is this still happening? If it is, I’d love to link it to my blog where I write about being BRCA 1+. Let me know and I’ll be waiting to read it!

  2. Sue, the BRCA community is endentured to you and all you have done to help- there is no way to repay the work you have done. I will be forever grateful. I felt totally lost until I found your site and resources. As long as I am alive, I will help educate, research and support the BRCA community.
    There is too many issues at stake and it’s really frustrating trying to sort through all of them. I am so grateful for your site.

  3. In our family it’s the breast, ovarian and prostate cancers that have affected brother and sister, daughter and father. One with ovarian, one with breast and one with breast and prostate cancer. They are BRCA 2. Still waiting for other family members to be tested. Of the 5 tested 3 carry the mutation. A lot of people don’t realize the connection of BRCA and men also being affected with breast and/or prostate cancer.

  4. I was interviewed about my cancer journey and being BRCa positive by a blog I write for: ShareWIK.com The video is also being sponsored by the American Cancer Society. When it is posted, I will send the link.

  5. Can you address the issue of eligibility for PARP inhibitor trials when ou have already been in one?
    I participated in a phase 1 clinical trial with carbo and gemzar; in august the cancer returned and I was removed from the trial. now I’m looking for my next treatment but I see that I’m not eligible for other PARP trials. Is this always the case? Do you think it will continue to be the case? This is very frustrating. Please advise.

    • Lisa, that depends on the trial. Can you email me at: suefriedman@facingourrisk.org and I can see if there are any trials or extended access that you might qualify for. Once (If) these agents receive FDA approval, access will be much easier.
      Please email me and I’m happy to try to help!
      Much love,

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