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Welcome to Our Video Series for Young Adults with Cancer Give Us Your Feeback
A cancer diagnosis is difficult on many levels, especially for young adults. We want to help you gather helpful, practical information. Watch this video series to learn more.

Not All Gene Changes Are the Same: Variants of Unknown Clinical Significance
Not all genetic test results are the same. Variants of unknown clinical significance (VUS) can be confusing, even to health care providers. In some cases, these results are misinterpreted as mutations. Khateriaa Pyrtel, MS, a board certified genetic counselor reviews information about VUS and how this information cannot be used in planning your medical care.

Updated Testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 Genes
Genetic testing has advanced rapidly over the years. If you have had BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene testing prior to 2012, this video is for you. Khateriaa Pyrtel, MS, leads a discussion about recent updates in genetic testing especially as it pertains to BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene testing.

Discussing Information About Your Family's Cancer Risk with Your Children
Discussing medical information with your children can be difficult. How do you approach the conversation and what do you say? Dr. Amanda Kracen, a licensed clinical psychologist offers suggestions and advice regarding how to approach discussing your family cancer risk information with your children.

Finding Resources for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers  
There are many organizations dedicated to helping people diagnosed with cancer. We have compiled a list of local and national resources available to help address a wide variety of needs that may arise following a cancer diagnosis. Kim Selig, MSW, reviews some of these resources and how to access our Cancer Survivor Resource Guide.

The Importance of Knowing Your Family Cancer History
Do you know your family history? Have your shared this information with your physician and children? Jen Ivanovich, MS, a board certified genetic counselor, discusses the importance of knowing your family cancer history and how to easily document your history.  A tool to document your family history is found on our website.

How to Document Your Family Cancer History
Jen Ivanovich, MS, a board certified genetic counselor, discusses how to document your family cancer history. A tool to document your family history is found on our website.

Cancer Genetic Counseling: Who May Benefit from Assessment and What to Expect
Genetic counseling is a specialized assessment of your family based risk. This assessment is different from other medical assessment because it considers not only your medical care but the follow-up of your children and extended family members. Dan Gallo, MS a board certified genetic counselor discusses the process of genetic counseling and what important pieces of information you can gave from the assessment.

What Can We Learn (And Not Learn) From Cancer Genetic Testing
More and more people who are diagnosed with cancer are using genetic testing to help guide their medical care. Learn about what can and cannot be learned from genetic testing and who should be the first person in your family to be tested. Jen Ivanovich, MS, discusses important considerations before proceeding with genetic testing for cancer risk.

Young Survivor Exercise Program Overview
The Young Women's Breast Cancer Program is partnering with the Heights community center to offer a weekly exercise program for all young adults with cancer. The class is held each week on Thursdays. Joy Jones, a certified personal trainer leads the program. Registration is required. Register at 314-747-7156 or

The Young Women'sYoung Breast Cancer Survivor's Symposium 2013 Part 1
Monica Fawzy Bryant, JD, Chief Operating Officer of Triage Cancer, speaks about health care reform and its impact on young adult cancer survivors. In her presentation, “Healthcare Reform and How It May Impact You,” Ms. Bryant  addresses health insurance options for young women with breast cancer, how the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) changes our current system, new insurance marketplace and options, and consumer protections.

The Young Women's Breast Cancer Survivor's Symposium 2013 Part 2
The second presentation, “Post-Treatment Surveillance: What’s Recommended for Women Who’ve Completed Breast Cancer Treatment,” is from Amy Cyr, MD, Breast Surgeon and Faculty at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Cyr provides information on current post-treatment screening recommendations, what you should expect when you’ve completed treatment, and addresses follow-up tests, visits and imaging.

November 2012 Support Group
Presentation on Complementary Health Practices by Dr. Sharon Fitelson, founder and director of InMotion Health Center.

Young Woman: Breast Cancer Battle Continues After Treatment
Music therapist Julie Lindemuth discusses the difficulties she experienced while battling breast cancer at the age of 41. Her diagnosis and treatment came during a transition time for her and her husband.  

Young Woman Survives Breast Cancer, Discusses Fertility and Reconstruction
Catherine Determan was just 34 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was treated at Siteman by a multidisciplinary team of physicians and participates in Siteman's Young Women's Breast Cancer Program.

Goodfellow Discusses Research Program
Siteman Cancer Center geneticist Paul Goodfellow, PhD, discusses the genetic research component of Siteman Cancer Center's Young Women's Breast Cancer Program.

Breast Cancer Survivor Discovers “Family of Women” at Annual Symposium
Tamiko Smith found support and “overwhelming love” by participating in the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Symposium presented each year by Siteman Cancer Center’s Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program.

How a Young Mother Coped With Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Brenda Plocher of Highland, Ill., was a 37-year-old mother of two when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Two years later, she reflects on how she explained the disease and treatment to her then 7- and 9-year-old daughters.