Stomach cancer non-profit organization hosts "Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer: The past, the present, and hope for the future" event.
Attend this unique opportunity to connect with those affected by Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC) and learn the full story about it from expert Parry Guilford, whose work with a Maori tribe in New Zealand led to the discovery of the CDH1 mutation. An estimated 1 to 3 percent of cases of gastric cancer are caused by HDGC which is an inherited cancer syndrome that leads to an increased risk for both diffuse gastric cancer and lobular breast cancer. Patients who inherit the genetic mutation for HDGC are at high risk for developing gastric cancer at a young age.
Guilford will present information on how HDGC starts and progresses as well as new information about clinical guidelines for germline CDH1 mutation carriers. Guilford currently serves as a principal Investigator in the Cancer Genetics Laboratory, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, and the chief scientific officer and co-founder of Pacific Edge Biotechnology Ltd. His current research interests include the genetics of inherited cancers, in particular stomach cancer, and the application of genetics to the diagnosis and management of cancer. He has worked for the past 10 years with the Maori tribe Ngai te Rangi researching the causes and treatment of inherited stomach cancer. Guilford has also served on No Stomach For Cancer's Scientific Advisory Council since 2010 and has been the recipient of two No Stomach For Cancer research grant awards.
The event will also include special guest speakers from families directly affected by HDGC, as well as updates on new research initiatives and treatments. Ending with a reception, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss specific topics in more detail with one another, such as psychological aspects, breast cancer risk, next generation and parents of CDH1 mutation carriers.
You can register for this free event taking place on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm EDT at Temple University Center City (TUCC) in Philadelphia.