Empowered Patient Guides

These are one-of-kind resources that will inform and empower you as you navigate your journey as a woman at high risk. They will help you learn more about yourself and your health care providers. Each guide can be downloaded, printed, and taken with you to your doctors’ appointments. Use the questions as conversation starters, come prepared with questions of your own, and take notes. Together, you and your doctor can create a risk management plan that’s right for you!

Starting the Conversation with Your General Practitioner or OB/GYN

Prepares you to begin a conversation about your risk for breast or ovarian cancer with your primary care physician or OB/GYN.

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Talking with Your Genetic Counselor

Enhances your understanding of the topics that will be discussed with a genetic counselor and identifies follow up questions that will help you manage your breast and ovarian cancer risk.

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Talking with Your Plastic Surgeon

Directs your conversation with a plastic surgeon to assess your risk-reducing surgery options and evaluate which option is best for you.

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Talking with Your Breast Surgeon or General Surgeon

Enhances your understanding of the topics that will be discussed with a genetic counselor and identifies follow up questions that will help you manage your breast and ovarian cancer risk.

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Talking with Your Gynecologic Oncologist, OB/GYN, or General Surgeon

Guides your conversation with doctors who can manage your ovarian cancer surveillance or perform a risk-reducing oophorectomy.

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Finding Your Mental Health Professional

Guides you in your search for a mental health professional that is right for you.

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Talking with your Gynecologic Oncologist or General Surgeon Following Salpino-Oophorectomy

Women who are at high risk for ovarian cancer may opt to remove their ovaries and fallopian tubes, also known as salpingo-oophorectomy.

Use this information to guide the conversation with your Gynecologic Oncologist or General Surgeon when preparing for your surgery and the months and years following surgery.

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Talking with Your Fertility Specialist

Boosts your knowledge of your options as a high-risk young woman and how a fertility specialist can help you evaluate your fertility preservation options.

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