• Familial Cancer

    Because cancers such as breast, colon, and prostate are common, many individuals have a family history of these cancers

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  • Counseling & Testing

    Genetic counseling is a comprehensive process of risk assessment, management and support for individuals and families concerned about their risk of developing cancer.

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  • Research

    A central part of the mission of the Fisher Center is to conduct state of the art research on the prevention, treatment and management of familial cancers in order to improve the medical and quality of life outcomes of men and women at risk for cancer.

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  • Education

    We are committed to providing educational initiatives for health care providers, basic scientists, clinical researchers, genetic counselors, and the general public

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  • Get Involved

    The three components of the center - Research, Patient Care, and Education - enable us to carry forward our model of comprehensive service & translational science

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The Jess and Mildred Fisher Center For Familial Cancer Research

The mission of the Jess and Mildred Fisher Center for Familial Cancer Research, established in August 2006, is to conduct state-of-the-art research on the prevention, treatment and management of familial cancers in order to improve the medical and quality of life outcomes of women and men at risk for cancer.  In addition, the Center is committed to research aimed at identifying and integrating genomic information to provide more precise and individually tailored cancer risk estimates and therapies.

Fisher Center Supports Basser Research Campaign

In August 2013, the Basser Research Center for BRCA (Penn Medicine, Philadelphia) reached out to over 1500 synagogues across the United States to raise awareness about hereditary breast/ovarian cancer in the Ashkenazi Jewish population.  In response, the Fisher Center distributed materials about our program and the availability of genetic counseling and testing to over 60 synagogues and Jewish organizations in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia.

For information or an appointment please call the Fisher Center at (202) 687-1750.   

Fast Facts from the Basser Center:

  • Individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry (descendants from Eastern and Central Europe) have a 1 in 40 chance of carrying a BRCA gene mutation. This is at least a ten times greater probability than that of the general population.
  • Women who carry mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 have up to an 80% risk of developing breast cancer and up to a 45% risk of developing ovarian cancer.
  • Men can also carry and pass these gene mutations on to their family, and also have increased cancer risks. There are many things that can be done to address and reduce your risk and save lives.

Clinical and Research Genetic Counseling and Testing Available Through the Fisher Center

If you have a personal or family history of cancer and would like more information about genetic counseling and testing, the Fisher Center offers clinical services as well as the opportunity for eligible individuals to participate in research studies.  Please click here or call (202) 687-1750 [toll free at (877) 687-1750]. For educational material about familial cancer, click here