Category Archives: Upcoming Events

“Beyond Angelina Jolie: Diagnosis and Management of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome”

Family Physician Webinar: “Beyond Angelina Jolie: Diagnosis and Management of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome”

BRCAinBC’s Dr. Rona Cheifetz MD FRCSC Surgical Oncology at BC Cancer’s Hereditary Cancer Program and Dr. Lesa Dawson MD FRCSC BC Gynecologic Oncology Cancer Survivorship Clinic presented this informative and well-received webinar on September 16, 2021 as part of BC Cancer’s Continuing Medical Education Program. The webinar is intended to help BC’s physicians 1) Identify the features of family history and ethnic background that influence hereditary risk; 2) Describe the ovarian and breast cancer risk management options for BRCA mutation carriers; and 3) Cite the management of other cancer risks associated with BRCA mutations.

Please click on the link below to view the webinar.


Jewish Men’s Health and Cancer: What do genes have to do with it?

This webinar will focus on the essentials of what Jewish men need to know about managing their health and preventing prostate and other cancers. We will begin with a presentation by urologic surgeon and internationally renowned clinical scientist Dr. Goldenberg (CM, OBC, MD, FRCSC), who will provide an overview of “what is mens health” and risk factors for a variety of illnesses, including prostate cancer. Following this talk, there will be an in-depth discussion of two genes known for their roles in women’s breast and ovarian cancers – BRCA1 and BRCA2 – now becoming better understood as a factor in several men’s cancers including breast, aggressive prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and melanoma. Jewish men are at high risk of carrying these genes and are able to pass them on to their children. We will also hear some stories of men in our community who have been affected by these genes. Finally Dr. Goldenberg, along with members of the BC Cancer Agency’s Hereditary Cancer program will be available to answer any audience follow up questions.

You can access the webinar through this link:

Basser Center Webinar: BRCA in Men

In this March 8, 2016 webinar, Susan Domchek, MD, and Justin Bekelman, MD, discussed how BRCA mutations affect men, such as increased risk of prostate cancer. Dr. Domchek is the Basser Professor in Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania, Executive Director of the Basser Center for BRCA, and Director of the MacDonald Cancer Risk Evaluation Center at the Abramson Cancer Center. Dr. Bekelman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine, Associate Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Faculty in the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Edward and Merry Prostic have generously established this webinar series as part of The Elizabeth Prostic Memorial Outreach Program at the Basser Center for BRCA in memory of their daughter, which will provide life-saving information and hope to individuals and families nationwide.

New Webinar: What’s in Your Genes? A Community-Wide Virtual Learning Event for Parents

What’s in Your Genes? A Community-Wide Virtual Learning Event for Parents

April 12, 2021 at 7:30pm

Many of us are not aware of our Jewish roots that put us and our families at greater risk of several genetically-driven cancers. Join us to learn about the BRCA genes, which affect 1 in 40 people with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and increase the risk of early onset and aggressive cancers. During this hour, we will talk about options for testing, cancer prevention and how to discuss this difficult issue with your children and other family members. This event will feature personal stories from community members and Q and A with a Genetic Counsellor from the BC Cancer Agency’s Hereditary Cancer Program.

Featuring: Tovah Carr, Alison Mindlin and Dr. Lesa Dawson

Please register at

Webinar recording now available:

Public Conference: Living with BRCA 2021

Living with BRCA is a full day conference for the general public that provides up-to-date clinical and research information focused on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

This unique event, open to the general public, brings together experts in medicine, biology, psychology, and wellness, all of whom are united in one goal: bettering the lives of those living with BRCA and their families and friends.

The event is being held on March 5, 2021 as part of the multi-day BRCA Symposium, which attracts top BRCA researchers from across the globe.

For more information, please check out their website:

Webinar: Hereditary Prostate Cancer Treatment

This expert-led webinar presented by Heather Cheng, MD, PhD, discusses the importance of identifying hereditary cancer risk mutations for prostate cancer. Dr. Cheng discusses prostate cancer treatment and trials, as well as, screening trials for men with hereditary prostate cancer.

About The Speaker

Heather Cheng, MD, PhD

Dr. Heather Cheng, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Medicine (Oncology Division) at the University of Washington, an Associate Member of the Division of Clinical Research at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center and is Director of the Prostate Cancer Genetics Clinic at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. As a medical oncologist she designs and conducts therapeutic clinical trials, particularly for men whose cancers have mutations in genes related to DNA repair, such as BRCA2, BRCA1.

Please find the link to the webinar-on-demand here.

Webinar: Population Based Testing for Cancer Susceptibility Genes

Presented by, this webinar features speakers, Dr. Elizabeth Etkin-Kramer, Dr. Ranjit Manchanda, Dr. Ephrat Levy-Lahad and Dr. Sophia George discussing the latest research supporting the case for population based testing. The webinar was presented in November 2020 and a recording is available on the website.

With the growth of ancestry services like 23andMe, we are more aware than ever of our genes and how important they are! What we may not know is how our Jewish ancestry puts us and our children at greater risk for health issues now and in the future. Join us for a virtual event October 1, 2020 at 7pm to learn about your Jewish genes and increased risk for people with Jewish ancestry for certain cancers, including breast, ovarian, aggressive prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and melanoma.

This event is for both men and women and will feature speakers from across North America, including Amy Byer Shainman aka “the BRCA Responder” and author of Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew; Matt Seaton, Peer Navigator with FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered); as well as members of our BC Cancer Agency’s Hereditary Cancer Program and High Risk Clinic, including Dr. Rona Cheifetz, Surgical Oncologist and Allison Mindlin, Genetic Counsellor. Not only will you learn more about your risk, but you will learn where and how you can get tested and what you can do to prevent cancer now and in the future.

Please register at to connect with the experts here in BC and around the world. Tickets are by $1, $18 or $36 donation towards supporting BRCA awareness, however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.