— Amy Byer Shainman (@BRCAresponder) November 20, 2019
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
I talked with Eleanor Griffith, MS, CGC a board certified genetic counselor and the founder of Grey Genetics about: BRCA, Resurrection Lily, Genetic Testing, Genetic Counseling, Lady Parts, and more!
Can Genetic Testing Reveal If You Are At Risk For Cancer?: Genetic testing has become more popular as interest in genealogy has exploded. Can a genetic test reveal if you are at risk for cancer? Listen to my chat with Jeff Angelo!
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
I am thrilled to be the consulting producer on a new feature film LADY PARTS! One of my responsibilities is ensuring the accuracy of all BRCA cancer-related information in the script. Join the LADY PARTS team and me; together we can save lives by spreading awareness about the BRCA gene mutation. Be a part of LADY PARTS!
YOU GET YOUR NAME ON SCREEN & WE GET TO MAKE OUR MOVIE!
Donations to LADY PARTS are tax-deductible to the via
Lady Parts is a dramedy-fantasy that tackles the complicated ridiculousness that cancer paints over everything. Sometimes simple questions don't have simple answers.
ABOUT THE FILM
ABOUT THE FILM
|Actress Devin Sidell will be playing Danielle|
Devin Sidell, who is a BRCA1 positive previvor will be playing the role of Danielle. In December 2017, Sidell opted to undergo a preventative double-mastectomy. Sidell has not undergone reconstructive surgery specifically to play the role of Danielle realistically. She will openly exhibit her scars and expanders so that the audience can understand the difficult decisions surrounding preventative mastectomy and the aftermath of surgery. Sidell’s mother is an ovarian cancer and breast cancer survivor. Sidell's aunt died of ovarian cancer. Sidell's sister is a breast cancer survivor. This film is based on Devin Sidell's story and her own lady parts.
|Joanna Kerns, Executive Producer of LADY PARTS|
Cinefemme's Federal Tax EIN Number is 52-237-4579.
Donations to LADY PARTS can be made via the donation above, through a verified charitable giving platform, or by check. Checks should have LADY PARTS written in the memo section, and must be mailed to:
1507 7th St. #477
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Thank you from the bottom of our parts!
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
- Why did you decide to write this book?
- Why is it important for people to be aware of the BRCA gene mutation?
- How can people decide what the best option is for them if they do have the BRCA gene mutation?
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Please consider signing. ✍️— Amy Byer Shainman (@BRCAresponder) June 6, 2019
Congress is trying to change the law to allow companies to patent products and laws of nature – including our genes. But human genes are not a commodity that can be owned by any one corporation or person. https://t.co/bEiVPjlFKy@ACLU
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
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Going to Book Expo 2019? I am! I'll be 🖋signing copies of #ResurrectionLily Thursday, May 30th 2:30pm-3:30pm in booth #1057 at the New Title Showcase. Please come say hello! #NYC #NewYorkCity #nonfiction #BRCA #memoir #health #womenshealth #womenwriters #bookblogger #bookexpo19 #bookexpoamerica #booksigning #medical #geneticcounseling #genetictesting #oncology #writingcommunity #readersofinstagram #nyc #breast cancer #booksofinstagram #bookreader #bookreviewer #ebookreader #kindle #bookexpo
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Thursday, May 2, 2019
Check out the May/June 2019 issue of @JupiterMagazine and read my new piece "What You Need To Know About Genetic Counseling"https://t.co/CbTPv6VgjJ#NSGCgenepool #geneticcounseling #genetictesting #needtoknow pic.twitter.com/YUXnSef4HX— Amy Byer Shainman (@BRCAresponder) May 2, 2019
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Follow this blogpost to follow my BOOK LAUNCH WEEK!
Official #booklaunch Week! @BRCAresponder #ResurrectionLily March 25-29, 2019https://t.co/54a4UO2gRQ@barronlerner @WPBF25News @WEInetwork @NancysPoint @TBAJupiter pic.twitter.com/tNMnx3KvyA— Amy Byer Shainman (@BRCAresponder) March 25, 2019
— Amy Byer Shainman (@BRCAresponder) March 25, 2019
#TUESDAY -@wpbf_erin @WPBF25News #news #interview @wpbf_erin 'Resurrection Lily' #booklaunch https://t.co/YohQ9vhYkS— Amy Byer Shainman (@BRCAresponder) March 26, 2019
#THURSDAY #booklaunch week!#ListenHere Today #LIVE at 2pm EST: https://t.co/8DZtflQicv— Amy Byer Shainman (@BRCAresponder) March 28, 2019
I'll be discussing my #memoir "Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew"
or WATCH @WEInetwork: https://t.co/zKIuOd8BxM pic.twitter.com/JufCE1uahB
FRIDAY! #booklaunch week!— Amy Byer Shainman (@BRCAresponder) March 29, 2019
I'm thrilled to celebrate my book release with a reception tonight!
For all of you on #twitter unable to attend, you can still watch my interview on livestream tonight, directly after the 7pm EST Friday night service. https://t.co/KjVQbVcDLX
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019
The USPSTF recently made a new 2019 recommendation statement re:
BRCA-Related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Thursday, February 7, 2019
David Lickstein, MD FACS wrote a guest blog post in May 2017 in response to a New York Times article regarding breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Due to the recent headlines on this topic and more patient concerns, I reached out to Dr. Lickstein and asked him to write an updated guest post on the topic.
Recent headlines regarding the denial of the EU safety certificate and the resultant suspension of the sale in Europe of textured Allergan breast implants have renewed concerns of many patients here in the U.S. with breast implants. The action is related to ongoing concerns regarding the association between the textured implant surface and a rare type of lymphoma (ALCL) as well as the request for further study of the topic. Implants with smooth surfaces remain available in Europe. Both smooth and textured surfaces are available for use in the United States.Recent studies have implicated the role of biofilm and prolonged low-grade inflammation. This may also be related to friction or trauma from the rough implant surface on the surrounding tissue. The irregular covering of textured implants equates to a much greater surface area on the implant that may allow for more ingrowth of bacteria than a smooth shell. Although not all cases are in patients with confirmed implants types or history, all cases to date in which implant type can be verified are in patients with a history of exposure to textured implants. Of existing implants, the Allergan textured surface is the most aggressive and has more reported cases than other manufacturers.
In the United States, the latest FDA update was issued in August 2018. 414 case reports of ALCL and 9 deaths have been noted involving different implant types. The risk of developing ALCL is now estimated to be between 1:3817 and 1:30000. Cases are typically noted 7-8 years after implantation and the presenting symptom is most often a seroma, or fluid collection around the implant. Although registries have been established, reporting remains inconsistent, and the numbers may change in the future.
At present, the FDA has not recommended exchange or removal of implants for asymptomatic patients. While many women may feel less anxiety after having their textured implant exchanged for a smooth one, there is no data to confirm that this procedure lowers the risk of ALCL moving forward. Given the late onset of symptoms, women are advised to continue, at a minimum, yearly follow up exams, and be cognizant of any changes to their breasts that should prompt immediate evaluation.
Additionally, the increased use of social media and ability for patients to connect on these platforms has led to an increase in women that present to plastic surgeons for evaluation of systemic symptoms that the attribute to their breast implants (breast implant illness – BII). These are nonspecific symptoms and vary greatly from patient to patient. They may include fatigue, pain, hair loss, rash, anxiety, malaise, headaches, sleep changes, depression, neurologic symptoms or hormonal issues. They have been reported with all types of implants, regardless of fill or shell. BII is not a specific medical diagnosis and patients may be frustrated because there is no simple test to confirm the relationship between their implants and their symptoms.
Although prior studies did not indicate any link between silicone implants and systemic symptoms, illness, or laboratory abnormalities - all concerns must be taken seriously by physicians. Further study is indicated and planned by plastic surgery societies. For patients who feel affected, there is no data to confirm improvement in symptoms after removal. Most information shared on the internet and via social media remains anecdotal. Still, a lack of evidence at present to support a link does not suggest that certain patients who are suffering may not benefit from removal of their implants.
It is recommended that women with concerns regarding ALCL or BII see a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in all types of implant surgery – augmentation, reconstruction, revision, and explantation. It is also advised that patients with symptoms carefully consider the proliferation of informational seminars and surgeons marketing themselves as “explantation specialists”. It is also recommended that patients be comfortable with the provider, and that this is not simply a marketing initiative aimed at “selling” expensive “cash only” procedures to groups of fearful women. A surgeon with experience in all types of breast surgery can discuss the options available after explantation – replacement, mastopexy (breast lift), fat grafting, etc.
The surgeon should have an understanding of the indications for en bloc capsulectomy (complete removal of the scar around the implant). Simple explantation alone may not be appropriate to allay fear and treat their condition. Full capsulectomy, however, requires a large incision and has the additional surgical risks of injury to the muscle, skin, rib, or lung. The operation may be quite difficult after mastectomy if the skin flaps over the implant are thin. Experienced surgeons will listen, and be able to provide information and appropriate helpful recommendations. They should be compassionate and honest about whether they feel symptoms can be improved.
Government hearings to review implant safety are scheduled this year in the US and abroad. More information will be forthcoming. At this time, all patients with breast implants in place should see a board certified plastic surgeon yearly – even if they have no new concerns. Office visits allow for an appropriate physical exam, the exchange of up to date information, and the ability to answer any questions. The FDA recommends MRI evaluation of implant integrity is recommended three years after implantation and every other year there after. Being healed and pleased with your results does not mean that there is no need for lifetime follow up.
Learn more about David A. Lickstein, MD FACS licksteinplasticsurgery.com
Monday, January 28, 2019
Conni Murphy, Director of the Genetics program @GoodSamaritanMC speaks to @JonShainman @WPTV > Importance of getting back in contact with a certified genetics expert if you previously tested negative for BRCA1 & BRCA2 #NSGCgenepool #GenCSM #HereditaryCancerNews pic.twitter.com/U4FsCN5oKX— Amy Byer Shainman (@BRCAresponder) January 28, 2019
#Whenyougetashoutout— Amy Byer Shainman (@BRCAresponder) January 28, 2019
and then your #husbandrules by talking about the importance of #geneticcounselors !!! #geneticcounseling #Gcchat#NewsAlert #healthcare #journalism#NSGCgenepool #BRCA #genetictesting #cancer #genetics@GeneticCouns #GenCSM@GoodSamaritanMC @JonShainman pic.twitter.com/aJqKDm2AEx