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Lynne Cohen Preventive Care Clinic at USC/Norris Cancer Center for Women at Risk for Cancer

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by Lynne Cohen Foundation

The Lynne Cohen Foundation serves women facing increased risk for ovarian and breast cancers. Our education programs and comprehensive clinics arm women and their families to take action and survive

Please describe your project proposal.

This clinic provides an in-depth consultation to examine personal and family medical history. Our team collaborates to develop an individual risk assessment, educate each individual about their risks, and determine the best early detection and risk-reduction strategies. Women at high risk for ovarian and breast cancer have access to the following: screening services including mammography, MRI, pelvic ultrasounds, and serum-based screening tests; consultation with a genetic counselor.

Which of the live metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Healthcare access

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • City of Los Angeles

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to live?

Established in 1998 by Lynne Cohen’s three daughters, the Lynne Cohen Foundation’s mission is to combat ovarian and breast cancer through preventive care, education, and community. With a network of comprehensive, multi-disciplinary preventive care clinics, a focus on individual and community education, and a consortium of experts from leading cancer centers around the country all dedicated to early detection and prevention, we seek to increase survival rates and improve the lives of women and families affected by cancer.

The LCF Clinic at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center allows women at increased risk for breast or ovarian cancer to arm themselves with resources, knowledge and doctors by their side to stay healthy. This clinic is for all women all over Los Angeles to access their risk by seeing a breast oncologist, gynecologic oncologist, genetic counselor and have access to genetic testing if deemed necessary and wanted.

The goals of the Lynne Cohen Foundation Preventive Care Clinic at USC Norris Cancer Center are to: -Provide access to exceptional quality care to all women with, or at increased risk for, hereditary ovarian and breast cancers, particularly those that are underserved. -Expand our treatment and screening efforts for underserved women with ovarian cancer or at increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. -Advance research opportunities at USC in the screening and treatment of breast and ovarian cancers. The Clinic provides comprehensive resources for women with hereditary ovarian and/or breast cancers, as well as those women concerned with increased cancer risks. The clinic provides screening, genetic counseling and testing, physician consultations, treatment, education, coordination of care, prevention strategies, access to clinical trials, and follow-up for these women. The clinic continues to be dedicated to underserved and minority populations.

The following initiatives of this Clinic will help Angelenos take control of their health and wellness and remain healthy:

  • Continuing to introduce new screening studies for BRCA mutation breast and ovarian cancers at USC by expanding protocols currently underway. This will enable all women to have access to the same opportunities, unify the research across both sites, and diversify the target population for clinical research.
  • Continuing to enhance coordination of care, outreach, and educational materials for underserved women with or at increased risk for ovarian cancer and/or BRCA mutation-associated breast cancer.
  • Increasing screening and outreach, conducting risk analysis and assessment for women’s cancer, and providing prevention strategies for those at increased risk.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

The Lynne Cohen Foundation has regular meetings with the Directors of our Preventive Care Clinics, including the clinic in Los Angeles at USC. We ask USC to provide LCF with quarterly reports detailing: -How many women have been seen. -Background on each patient: religion, race, family cancer history. -How many cancers have been found. -How many women seen have a BRCA genetic mutation -How many preventive surgeries have been performed on women in the clinic, i.e. mastectomy, hysterectomy.

We also ask for other pertinent details that allow LCF to track the clinic’s progress and outreach.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Publicity/awareness