Genetic vs. Genomic Part I: Knowing the Difference for Patients with Inherited Cancers

This on-demand webinar will explore the differences between germline and somatic mutations—with case examples—and share presentation of findings from the LUNGevity/FORCE patient survey. 

This webinar is open to the public. You do not need to be an ACCC member to view this webinar, but you will need to create an account in order to register.  


Sue Friedman, DVM, Executive Director and Founder, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), Tampa, FL 

Sarah Hamilton, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor, Invitae, Boulder, CO

This webinar is part of the BiomarkerLIVE webinar series which covers the foundational elements of biomarker testing and application in cancer care. Webinar topics include biomarker basics, inherited cancers, laboratory medicine, cost and coverage, and tumor-specific case examples. View the entire series in the Precision Medicine content library.

The BiomarkerLIVE education project is supported by AbbVie, Lilly Oncology, Merck & Co., Inc, and AstraZeneca. 

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Sue Friedman, DVM

Executive Director and Founder, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)

Dr. Sue Friedman, DVM, was practicing small animal medicine in south Florida in 1996 when she was diagnosed "out of the blue" at age 33 with breast cancer. At the time, she was unaware of familial risk factors for hereditary cancer. Reading an article about hereditary breast cancer after completing her treatment, Sue realized that she had several indications for a mutation. She pursued genetic counseling and, in 1997, tested positive for a BRCA2 mutation.

Shocked that her health care team didn't alert her to the possibility of being at high risk, and disappointed at having to make critical treatment decisions while unaware of her mutation, Sue acted so others could benefit from her misfortune. She founded FORCE in 1999 to fill the information void for individuals and families with hereditary cancer and to help them advocate for themselves. After five years as the organization's executive director (while maintaining her own busy practice), Sue left veterinary medicine to direct FORCE full-time. Since then, the organization has become an unequaled source of research, advocacy, support, and information regarding risk management, prevention, and awareness.

In 2004, Sue relocated her husband Dan, son Beau, and FORCE headquarters to Tampa to work more closely with researchers to improve medical options, care, and outcomes for people affected by hereditary cancer. She is a 20-year breast cancer survivor.

Sue is co-author of the book Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer, which was published by Johns Hopkins Press, February 2012.

Sarah Hamilton, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor, Invitae

Sarah Hamilton, MS, CGC, is a certified genetic counselor with over seven years of experience. Sarah began her career as a clinical genetic counselor in Christchurch, New Zealand and worked in a hereditary gastrointestinal cancer clinic. During that time, she developed expertise in the management of Lynch Syndrome and polyposis syndromes. She returned to the United States in May 2019 and is now working for Invitae on their Clinical Consultation Services team. Sarah remains particularly interested in the ever-evolving field of cancer genetics and welcomes any and all opportunities to speak about this topic to patients and clinicians.  

Outside of her professional interests, Sarah is an avid skier, hiker, and biker and enjoys doing all of these activities near her home in Boulder, Colorado. She also loves to cook, listen to podcasts, and knit.  

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On-Demand: Genetic vs Genomic – Knowing the Difference for Patients with Inherited Cancers
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