View Basser Center and Penn Medicine resources on the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly geared towards cancer patients and BRCA mutation carriers.
BRCA and Melanoma
Melanoma is a rare form of skin cancer that only makes up 1% of overall skin cancers. However, it is a particularly aggressive form, which it is why it’s important to recognize symptoms and know your personal risk for melanoma.
B is for Bravery: A BRCA War Story
Basser YLC member Callum Beale writes about his sister's ongoing battle with BRCA-related cancer and how he is inspired by her bravery.
Basser Center genetic counselor Jacquelyn Powers, MS, LCGC, writes about her experience seeing patients via telehealth and considerations for the future.
Genetic Counseling via Telehealth
Basser Center genetic counselor Jacquelyn Powers, MS, LCGC, discusses genetic counseling via telehealth and what patients can expect from a typical appointment.
Hoja Informativa de BRCA
El Basser Center para BRCA es el primer centro integral para la investigación, tratamiento y prevención de tipos de cáncer relacionados con el BRCA.
Spanish-Speaking Genetics Providers Directory
View our directory of Spanish-speaking genetic counselors and other providers in the United States.
Considerations for “Previvors” During COVID-19
The Basser Center understands that for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers and others at high risk of cancer, COVID-19 may have disrupted screening schedules and surgical plans.
Advice from a Nurse Navigator: What to Expect from a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Maria Malloy, BSN, RN, OCN, CBCN, a nurse navigator in Penn Medicine’s Breast Cancer program, discusses what to expect from a breast cancer diagnosis.
Finding Support and Community Through Instagram: A Conversation with Mackenzie Alleman
Mackenzie Alleman, a BRCA mutation carrier and patient advocates, shares how she found support and community online and offers suggestions to those looking for help.
Raising Awareness of Breast Cancer in the Black Community: A Discussion with Jamila Kinsey
Jamila Kinsey, a BRCA mutation carrier and patient advocate talks about the importance of raising awareness of breast cancer in the Black community and why this is so vital.
Genetic Counselor Takeover: Genetic Counseling as a Route to Genetic Evaluation (and Beyond)
Jessica M. Long, MS, LCGC, a genetic counselor at the Basser Center, writes about the importance of genetic counseling, potential obstacles to meeting a counselor in person, and remote options.