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The Cancer Dietitian Podcast


Jan 16, 2020

On this episode of the Cancer Dietitian Podcast we’re talking with Thuy Vu, a Genetic Counselor at Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center in Winston-Salem, NC, about how genetics can affect your probability of developing colon cancer and preventative measures you can take to help stay cancer-free.

We’ll also chat with Jill Hyson about her diagnosis of Lynch Syndrome and how it’s affected her life and family.

What we discuss:

  • When you should request to see a Genetic Counselor
  • Who is considered a medically “close relative”
  • When to worry about pre-cancerous polyps
  • Collecting your family’s medical history
  • The difference between genetics counseling and genetics testing
  • How often you should have your genetics tested
  • Three possible test results
  • How online genetics tests differ from the genetic testing requested by your doctor
  • Lynch Syndrome
  • Mentally processing your diagnosis

Links mentioned:

Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center
Cancer Services, Inc.
Cancer Dietitian
Colon Cancer Coalition
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