With the alphabet soup of terms and genes that cancer patients tend to hear during diagnosis, it takes some time to really understand what these terms mean.
In her Genetics 101 webcast, Dr. Raygada will unravel the DNA terms and seek to empower patients by helping them understand the genetic basis of their conditions so that they may decrease the risks associated with the mutations and tumors they carry.
About the presenter
Margarita Raygada, PhD, Oncology Genetic Counselor
Dr. Raygada’s doctorate degree is in Medical Science from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland. Her Master’s degree is in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling, Georgetown University Hospital (GUH) in Washington, D.C., with two post-doctoral fellowships: Molecular Biology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and Cancer Genetics at GUH. Research Focus: Cancer genetics is my passion. I am interested in delineating the genetic changes in rare tumors and identifying associated phenotypes that may lead to common pathways and therefore improved outcomes for cancer patients. But most importantly I hope to empower patients by helping them understand the genetic basis of their conditions, and by educating them on how they can use this information to manage their cancer so that they may decrease the risks associated with the mutations and tumors they carry.