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BRCA and Breast Cancer in Men

Join Dr. Kara Maxwell and Dr. Jennifer Zhang from Basser Center for BRCA at the Perelman Center for Advance Medicine to learn about breast cancer screening and genetic testing in men, what to know about risk, screening and treatment. Including breast cancer treatment options – including surgery – and ongoing treatment/hormone therapy options.

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Meet The Speakers

Jennifer Zhang, M.D.

Dr. Jennifer Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Breast Surgery. She is the co-director of the Breast Surgery Research Group and a member of the men and BRCA leadership committee in the Basser Center. Her laboratory focuses on delineating novel immunotherapeutic strategies for circumventing mechanisms of immune evasion in breast cancer, with a particular emphasis on hormone receptor positive breast cancer. Her research includes an investigation of the immune microenvironment in male breast cancer with the goal of improving therapeutic responses in this patient population. 

Kara Maxwell, M.D., Ph.D

Dr. Kara Maxwell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology and the Department of Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a Staff Physician at the Corporal Michael Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  Dr. Maxwell’s clinical practice is in the area of cancer risk evaluation.  At Penn Medicine, she is a regional referral expert for patients with Li Fraumeni Syndrome, a rare cancer risk syndrome due to TP53 mutations. Dr. Maxwell is also the Director of the Penn Medicine Basser Center for BRCA’s Men and BRCA Program, which focuses on clinical excellence, education and research in cancers affecting men with BRCA1/2 mutations.  Dr. Maxwell also directs the Cancer Genetics Program at the Corporal Michael Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia where she works to provide alternative genetic testing care models to a racially diverse population of Veterans.   Dr. Maxwell’s laboratory studies mechanisms of tumor formation in breast and prostate cancer due to germline mutations in TP53 and other DNA repair genes such as BRCA1/2.  Her laboratory uses a variety of basic modelling and translational human genetics and genomics techniques to study breast and prostate cancer.

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