The Basser Center for BRCA is the first comprehensive center for the research, treatment, and prevention of BRCA-related cancers. These hereditary mutations affect both men and women and can be passed down from either parent. BRCA mutations can increase lifetime risk for cancers including breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate and melanoma. The Basser Center can help you learn more about hereditary cancer risk. Make an appointment with us or locate a genetic counselor in your area. Watch this Pierce Brosnan narrated video to learn more about BRCA and Basser’s progress towards a cure.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

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November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Both men and women with BRCA mutations have an increased risk of pancreatic cancer.

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Kim Reiss Binder, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, discusses BRCA-related pancreatic cancer in this webinar, particularly recent advancements in the treatment of pancreatic cancer and ongoing research. With the support of the Basser Center, Dr. Reiss Binder’s research focuses on the development of new treatments for pancreatic cancer, as well as other gastrointestinal malignancies. She’s also the recent recipient of the Basser Center Young Leadership Council’s second Young Investigator Award. Learn more about pancreatic cancer risk in men and women with BRCA mutations, cancer prevention, and BRCA-related cancer treatment.

Upcoming Events

November 8, 2018

Register now for a panel focusing on relationships, first dates, and the ins and outs of pairing up before and after surgeries. The Basser Young Leadership Council presents It’s Complicated: Dating While Navigating a BRCA Mutation. Moderated by Basser Young Leadership Council member Lindsay Goldblatt, the panel will feature Basser Center Genetic Counselor Danielle McKenna, MS, LCGC; Couple and Family Therapist Lindsey Hoskins, PhD; and Basser Young Leadership Council Co-Chair Erika Stallings. The event is free but registration is required.

What’s My Cancer Risk?

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Genetic counseling

Learn about cancer risk evaluation, hereditary links between cancers, BRCA-related cancer risks and inheritance, and the genetic counseling process.

Managing and reducing your cancer risk

Find information on BRCA risk management and screening. Learn about surgical and medical options for decreasing risk and the reproductive effects seen in BRCA mutation carriers.


Find commonly asked questions about the cost and coverage of genetic testing and cancer screenings, as well as the impact of genetic test results on health and life insurance.

Support and resources

Get your questions answered and find resources to help cope with news of a BRCA mutation or cancer, as well as tips on communicating with family members about risks, care and support.












Creating Better Choices
for Future Generations

Our team science approach seeks a cure by advancing the care for BRCA-related cancers.

Learn more about the groundbreaking studies funded by the Basser Center.

The Basser Center for BRCA provides grant funding to investigators around the world working on innovative projects related to BRCA1 and BRCA2.

Basser Global Prize

The Basser Global Prize provides $100,000 in unrestricted support of the awardee's innovative BRCA1/2 related research efforts.

Managing your cancer risk
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Ways to Give

Philanthropy helps to provide essential resources supporting the Center’s mission to improve the lives of individuals with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.

Upcoming Events

Learn more about our latest events raising awareness of BRCA-related cancers and revisit some of our past programs.

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