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Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy Explained by Loyola Breast Cancer Geneticist

Breast Cancer Oncologists Also Available

WHAT:  Celebrity Angelina Jolie, 37, revealed today that she underwent a double mastectomy after learning through genetic testing that she has an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of getting ovarian cancer.  Jolie’s mother died of ovarian cancer at the age of 56 after a long battle.

WHO:  Breast cancer oncology specialists from Loyola University Health System’s Cancer Risk Assessment Program are available for media interviews including: genetic counselors, Lauren Bowling and Kristen Barker; Shelly Lo, MD, oncologist; and David Rosi, MD, oncologist. The Cancer Risk Assessment Program at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center involves a multidisciplinary team that includes genetic counselors, physicians and nurses. Their collaboration enables patients to understand their own situation and take action to prevent or reduce their risk of developing cancer.

WHEN:  Tuesday, May 14

WHERE: Loyola University Health System, 2160 S. First Ave, Maywood, Ill.

MEDIA: Please Call Stasia Thompson at (708) 417-5036

WHY:  Learn about the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene and the many genetic tests now available.

Hear about double mastectomy surgery and recovery.

Potentially meet local women, like Sandra Houston, who also have opted for surgery to prevent cancer

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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