Come and join us for two fabulous educational talks this evening about new health support services.
Cancer DNA sequencing
DNA tests are revolutionizing our medical world and no other area has been more impacted than cancer. Come learn how sequencing tumor DNA can be informative towards selection of cancer targeted therapies, and how are they different from standard cancer therapies. Find out how DNA testing can also reveal inherited cancer predispositions, what are the differences between direct-to-consumer tests and doctor-ordered tests, what cancer genomics means for the future of cancer treatment, and why everyone touched by cancer should be considering DNA sequencing.
Presented by Dr. Mikolaj Raszek
Dr. Mikolaj Raszek is the founder and general manager of Merogenomics Inc., company dedicated to help individuals gain access to the best quality genome sequencing services. Dr. Raszek has received his doctorate degree in biochemistry and the bachelors in genetics, followed by postdoctorate work in agricultural genomics, all at the University of Alberta. Currently Dr. Raszek works out of the United Health Centres medical clinic in Edmonton where he can be booked for a consultation on DNA sequencing to obtain information of medical value for current and former cancer patients, people with undiagnosed diseases, pregnant women or assumed healthy individuals for preventative screening.
Navigating Cancer Care
Stress, confusion, feeling overwhelmed, powerless and lost are common experiences when patients and their loved-ones interact with the healthcare system, especially if they are facing a life-changing diagnosis such as cancer. These feelings are linked to non-ideal learning conditions, and the human struggle of imperfect communication. This presentation explains how personalized knowledge translation, health navigation and advocacy services help patients and their loved-ones to find peace, clarity, and empowerment to make the decisions that best fit their circumstances and values.
Presented by Dr. Kirstin Veugelers
Kirstin Veugelers, PhD (biochemistry), empowers patients and their loved-ones through knowledge translation and advocacy, uniquely valuing the patient as a whole complex being, as more than a medical diagnosis. Kirstin personally experienced the frustration of navigating the healthcare system to address her own health issues. To help others avoid similar frustration, Kirstin commits to hearing patients’ health and personal journeys, and to supporting patients and their loved-ones through the information-gathering and decision-making processes, and beyond.