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Breast Reconstruction & Genetics Seminar Series

Service updates for appointments at WCH

  • If you have an upcoming in person appointment at Women’s College Hospital and you have a fever, cough, or new onset of shortness of breath, tested positive for COVID-19, or been instructed to self-isolate by Public Health please do not come to the hospital, call the clinic directly for more information. If you have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days and are fully vaccinated and have not been advised to isolate, you are welcome to come to the hospital for your scheduled appointment.
  • The hospital is open only to patients with appointments, please see our care partner & visitor restrictions information.
  • Your appointment may be changed to a virtual visit using the telephone or over video. Learn how to set-up a video visit.
  • You will receive a call from us with any changes to your appointment.
  • Masks are required to be worn at all times on WCH property. This includes, but is not limited to, parking areas, elevators and while waiting to be screened.

Whether you are interested in learning more about breast reconstruction in general, or how genetics can play a role in women’s cancers, these sessions can help you find answers to your questions. The Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers has created a number of education sessions for patients at the hospital this year. 

Sessions are free, to register click here or call Emma Rinaldo directly at: 416-323-6400 x 7330.

The breast reconstruction surgery workshop

Contemplating breast reconstruction can sometimes be overwhelming. Women's College Hospital runs an informal workshop twice a year for women who are considering it, either after a breast cancer diagnosis or as a preventative measure. The session opens up an opportunity to educate yourself about breast reconstruction surgery, share questions and concerns, and meet other women who have had similar experiences. Sessions are led by the breast centre health care team and cover a variety of topics, including: reconstruction options, post-surgical care, stress management, diet, exercise and body image.


Monday, February 10, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Resources for this session:

Understanding BRCA and what this means for you: A guide to BRCA 1&2 gene mutations in hereditary breast and ovarian cancer

Have you or a family member been identified as a carrier for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation? Women's College Hospital is offering a workshop led by the clinical genetics team, giving you the opportunity to:

  • Understand what it means to carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation and the associated cancer risks.
  • Discuss the most up-to-date guidelines and options for managing cancer risks.
  • Support and discuss the importance of sharing genetic testing informaiton with your family.
  • Address frequently asked questions.


  • No events scheduled at this time.

Resources for this session:

See the presentation (.pdf)

The BRCA gene and your family: A guide to talking about BRCA mutations

If you're looking for help with how to talk to your children or your family members about a BRCA gene mutation, this session gives you the opportunity to:

  • Learn the dynamics of talking about hereditary gene mutations with your family, including how to assess parent and child readiness and how to start conversations (considering things like timing and the environment).
  • Get support from professionals and peers who have been there to receive guidance.
  • Interact with tools that can help with decision making and understanding your own comfort levels with BRCA.


  • No events scheduled at this time.

Resources for this session:

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