Our first guest, Heather Hampel, shares her inspiration for becoming a genetic counselor and explains some of the rare hereditary GI cancers. Heather explains Lynch Syndrome & AFAP, and shares why genetic testing is so important if you have a family history of colon cancer. Our second guest is Dan “Dry Dock” Shockley, who has AFAP (Attenuated Familial Adenomatous Polyposis). Dan discusses his patient journey, his mission of advocacy, and an upcoming surgery to continue the treatment of his disease.
Heather Hampel is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Associate Director of the Division of Human Genetics. Her research focuses on Lynch syndrome and universal tumor screening for Lynch syndrome. She has >160 publications on the prevalence of Lynch syndrome among colorectal and endometrial cancer patients, the best testing protocols, cost-effectiveness, and referral guidelines for cancer genetics. She was on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Genetic Counseling from 2006-2011, serving as President in 2009 and 2010. She has been on the Steering Committee of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable since 2016. She was on the Council of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer from 2016-2019, serving as president in 2017-2018. She was just elected Secretary/Treasurer Elect of the National Society of Genetic Counselors with her term starting in 2021.
Dan “Dry Dock” Shockley
Dan “Dry Dock” Shockley is a retired United States Navy veteran and an 8-year hereditary attenuated familial adenomatous polyposis (AFAP) survivor with a permanent ileostomy. He is an active patient advocate across multiple organizations and strives to bring awareness to hereditary colon cancer. After receiving his AFAP diagnosis, he enrolled in the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Creighton University hereditary colon cancer registries. Through the years, he has requested and received Colon Cancer Month, Rare Disease Day, and Ostomy Awareness Day proclamations from the governors of Hawaii, Idaho, and Texas, as well as from the mayor of each town he resided in each of these states. His current advocacy efforts are to establish legislative jurisdiction to designate the 4th week of March as Hereditary Colon Cancer Awareness Week.