Genetics of breast cancer topic for Hadassah

Cassandra Garcia

Cassandra Garcia, M.S., CGC, a certified genetic counselor at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, will present “Genetics of Breast Cancer, Jewish Ancestry, and Ongoing Research: Important Information for Men and Women” at a Hadassah Southern Arizona luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 15.

The lunch will be held at the Country Club of La Cholla, 8700 N. La Cholla Blvd., beginning at 11:30 a.m., and it is open to men and women.

The Hadassah Medical Organization has been a leader in breast cancer research for decades, notes Hadassah Southern Arizona President Anne Lowe. HMO’s three-prong program, led by professor Tamar Peretz, head of Hadassah’s Sharett Institute of Oncology, focuses on the role inherited traits play in developing breast cancer, the specific biology of each tumor to better tailor therapy, and diagnosing cancer through blood samples rather than invasive biopsies.

Garcia received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver, and her M.S. in medical and molecular genetics from Indiana University.

The cost of the luncheon is $18. RSVP by Oct. 8 by mailing a check, payable to Hadassah, to Anne Lowe, 7863 W. Morning Light Way, Tucson, AZ 85743.