Decoding  Annie  Parker

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Erin Wysong Hofstatter, M.D.

Associate Professor; Co-Director, Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program, Yale School of Medicine

Decoding Annie Parker— Is it in our DNA? Breast cancer genetics, risk, and prevention

Oncologist Erin Hofstatter discusses risk factors for breast cancer, including heredity, and how to minimize them.

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Film Synopsis

Love, science, sex, infidelity, disease, and comedy: the wild, mostly true story of the irrepressible Annie Parker and the almost discovery of a cure for cancer.

Annie Parker (Samantha Morton) finds out she has breast cancer—a devastating blow to a woman who has already lost her mother and sister to the same disease. Meanwhile UC Berkeley geneticist Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) is convinced there is a link between DNA and cancer, even if few in her profession believe that some cancers may be hereditary. Based on true events, the film chronicles how these remarkable women work toward one of the most important genetic discoveries of the 20th century.

About the Speaker

Dr. Erin Hofstatter is a medical oncologist with clinical and research expertise in breast cancer and clinical breast cancer genetics. She serves as a breast medical oncologist at the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital, where she sees and treats patients with breast cancer. Dr. Hofstatter also serves as the co-director of the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program and director of the Breast Cancer Prevention Clinic, where she sees those patients who may be at increased risk of breast cancer due to a hereditary/genetic predisposition, a strong family history, or breast atypia.