Risk Assessment Program Patient Stories

  • Norma Snyder

    Norma Snyder

    In 1991, Dr. Mary Daly, a medical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center, created the Family Risk Assessment Program, to research the genetic risk of certain types of cancer. In order to get the program off the ground, she needed to recruit participants in the program.

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  • Meredith Swinney

    Meredith Swinney

    If you ask Meredith Swinney, she experienced loss of her loved ones too early in life. Her great grandmother passed away from breast cancer before she was born. Her grandfather suffered from Hodgkin’s disease and passed away when she was 6. Her mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died at the age of only 42.

    In the fall of 2010, Andrew Swinney asked his daughter to consider being tested for BRCA the gene mutation. He knew there was a family risk and after losing his wife and he wanted to protect his daughter from the same diagnosis. Although Meredith doesn't consider this a "strong" family history of cancer, it was strong enough for her father to introduce her to the Risk Assessment team at Fox Chase Cancer Center where Meredith could be tested. Being a carrier of the mutation puts people at increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

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  • Jane Tervooren

    Jane Tervooren

    Jane Tervooren knows all too well how precious life can be. As the marketing director of one of the largest fertility practices in New Jersey, she watches women who struggle with getting pregnant and who want nothing more than to experience the miracle of childbirth. She also knows how fragile life can be after losing her mother and grandmother too soon to ovarian cancer.

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