"Genetics and Ovarian Cancer"

When: 19th June 2019
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST
Online - join via your computer!
Your Host: Vanessa Alford
Your Presenters: Marion Harris, Megan Cotter and Christine Christie
Cost: Complimentary 

About the Webinar

Up to 20% of epithelial ovarian cancers are thought to be the result of inheriting a faulty gene from either your mother’s or father’s side of the family. Therefore, many women who have ovarian cancer or who have a relative with ovarian cancer want to have genetic testing to find out if the cancer may be hereditary. This webinar will provide information about Genetics and ovarian cancer, including the importance of genetic testing and who should be tested, the process and costs involved in genetic testing and who to contact if you are interested in having genetic testing. 

In this webinar, we will hear from Associate Professor Marion Harris, a medical oncologist and cancer geneticist who is the Director of the Familial Cancer Centre at Monash Health. Associate Professor Harris will discuss the medical aspects of genetics and ovarian cancer and the potential outcomes and implications of genetic testing. 

Ms Megan Cotter, a Certified Genetic Counsellor with over 7 years’ clinical experience who has a special interest in familial cancer and neurogenetics, will provide an overview of genetics and ovarian cancer and talk about the process of genetic testing and how eligibility for genetic testing is assessed. 

We will also hear from Ms Christine Christie, who sought genetic testing after discovering her father carried the BRCA 1 gene and discovered she has the BRCA 1 gene. Ms Christie discovered she had ovarian cancer after having preventative surgery. She will talk about her experience and why genetic testing has been so important to her.

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About the Presenters

Associate Professor Marion Harris

Associate Professor Marion Harris is a Medical Oncologist , Clinical Geneticist and Director of the Familial Cancer Centre (FCC) at Monash Health, Melbourne.  She has previously worked in FCCs at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Austin and at the Victorian Clinical Genetics Service based at the Royal Children’s Hospital.  In medical oncology she works in the breast and gastrointestinal tumour streams. Her clinical research studies particularly focus on familial, breast, gastrointestinal and pancreatic cancers.

Ms Megan Cotter

Megan Cotter is a Certified Genetic Counsellor with over 7 years’ clinical experience. She has a special interest in familial cancer and neurogenetics. Megan is a fellow of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) and is a current Member of the Board of Censors for Genetic Counselling. Megan is currently working on a project with Ovarian Cancer Australia to increase the rates of genetic testing amongst women with a diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

Ms Christine Christie

Ms Christine Christie understands the importance of genetic testing. A family history of breast and ovarian cancer on her father’s side led Christine to seek advice on genetic testing in 2001. Unfortunately, she was advised that she wasn’t eligible for testing at this time. In 2014, Christine’s father had genetic testing and tested positive for the BRCA 1 genetic mutation. Christine then underwent testing immediately and discovered she had inherited the BRCA 1 mutation from her father. Aged 48 at the time she elected to undergo a risk reducing bilateral salpingo-oopherectomy and hysterctomy to reduce the chance of developing ovarian cancer. The surgery revealed a small tumour on her ovaries and two days after her surgery she was told she had ovarian cancer.

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