Positive Results

Making the Best Decisions When You're at High Risk
for Breast or Ovarian Cancer

A book by Joi L Morris and Ora Karp Gordon, MD

About Joi

Joi L. Morris, BRCA2 positive mother of two, shares her experiences with genetic testing, high-risk surveillance and preventive surgery in the enthusiastically acclaimed book Positive Results. Read more

About Ora

Ora Karp Gordon is not only a gifted physician specializing in medical genetics but also a genetic counselor with a passion for sharing knowledge with her patients. Through Positive Results, she shares her knowledge about breast and ovarian cancer genetics with everyone. Read more

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Contact Us


Date: March 27, 2011 | Time: 3 p.m.

In The Family, a documentary screening and panel discussion with filmmaker Joanna Rudnick

Presented by: FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including:

Joanna Rudnick, In the Family filmmaker

Ora Karp Gordon, M.D., M.S.
Director, GenRISK Adult Genetics Program, Medical Genetics Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Director, Cancer Genetics, Disney Family Foundation Cancer Center, Providence St. Joseph Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Anya Prince, JD, attorney with the Cancer Legal Resource Center specializing in genetic discrimination issues

In the Family is a documentary film about predicting breast and ovarian cancer, the consequences of knowing, and the women who live with the risk. Beginning with her story of testing positive for the familial breast cancer mutation (BRCA), Filmmaker Joanna Rudnick chronicles the lives of several women currently undergoing the process of genetic testing -- following them from their decision to seek testing, through the testing process, and in the aftermath when they are coming to terms with the information they receive. These stories of the first generation of women to live with the knowledge that they are predisposed to a life-threatening disease will teach us what it means to survive a diagnosis of high risk without being consumed or defined by it. They will help us to understand the psychological, legal, ethical, cultural and social complexities of genetic testing for a mutation, which affects the entire family, for which there is no cure, and wherein the only treatments currently available involve enormous quality-of-life sacrifices.

Location: Disney Studios
Burbank, California

Date: October 29, 2010 | Time: 11 a.m.

Genetic Discrimination - Can We Finally Stop Worrying?
by Dr. Ora Gordon
Workshop Description: Since the beginning of the genetic-testing era, patients and healthcare providers have been concerned about the potential for employment discrimination related to a job applicant's hereditary risk for cancer and other late onset diseases. This concern has caused many people not to be tested, to test anonymously, or pay cash to prevent the test results from being documented. In 2009, the federal Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act became law. This symposium will review the history of genetic discrimination, the specific protections in the new law, and implication for those who are at risk or already affected by a hereditary disease.

Location: Senator Carol Liu & the Wellness Community-Foothills 10th Annual Women's Health Conference
Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, CA
register here

Dr. Gordon/ Positive Results on CNN |October 10, 2010

CNN Cancer and Genetics Part II: Previvors and Genetic Testing

Date: October 6, 2010 | Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Red carpet premier of 1 a Minute
A docudrama that follows a woman's journey through breast cancer. At each stage of her journey, the celebrity stars of the film (survivors from around the world; or those affected closely by it), jump in and recount their experiences at that point in time. The film also includes breast cancer experts and our own Dr. Ora Gordon is among them discussing hereditary breast cancer and genetic testing. 1 a Minute will be shown at theaters nationwide on one night, October 6, 2010 to raise money for a cure with all proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The evening promises to be a memorable one.

Location: Woodbury University - Fletcher Jones Auditorium
7500 N. Glenoaks Boulevard
Burbank 91504

Date: September 28, 2010 | Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Family Legacy: How Understanding Your Family History Can Prevent Cancer and Other Chronic Disease: lecture and book signing
by Dr. Ora Gordon

Location: Womens' Medical Auxillary Meeting
Le Petit Chateau Restaurant
4615 Lankersham Blvd
North Hollywood, California

Date: September 23, 2010 | Time: noon

Genetic Discrimination
by Dr. Ora Gordon
Continuing Medical Education for Staff

Location: Providence Tarzana Medical Center
18321 Clark Street
Tarzana, CA 91356

Date: September 22, 2010 | Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Maximizing Your Breast Cancer Screening: What Women Should Know
by Dr. Ora Gordon
Sponsored by the Wasserman Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Program,
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Location: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Thalians Auditorium
8730 Alden Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Date: September 19, 2010 | Time: 7:00 - 11:00 am

Joi will be signing books at the FORCE table at Kickin' Cancer

Location: Brentwood, California

Date: June 26, 2010 | Time: 1:45 - 3:15 pm

Ora will be speaking at the Joining FORCEs Annual Conference on
"How do I decide? Making decisions surrounding hereditary cancer"

Location: Orlando, Florida

Date: June 6, 2010 | Time: 10:00 a.m.

Leo Baeck Temple Women's Conference
Joi will be speaking and signing books.

Location: 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
RSVP to rsvp@leobaecktemple.org

Date: May 15, 2010 | Time: 1:30 p.m.

Relay for Life of Burbank
Providence St. Joseph Hospital Disney Cancer Center
Open Forum community lecture
Dr. Ora Gordon

Location: Johnny Carson Park (Disney Cancer Center tent)
400 So. Bob Hope Drive, Burbank

Date: May 5, 2010 | Time:

El Camino Real High School
Ora will be speaking at the Pink Ribbon Club

Date: April 25, 2010 | Time: 1:30 pm

Los Angeles FORCE Outreach Meeting. Joi will be signing books.

Date: March 23, 2010 | Time: 12:00 pm

Dr. Ora Gordon will be speaking and signing books at Sports Spectacular's Women's Luncheon hosted by Valerie Bertinelli to benefit the Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics Institute.

Date: February 12-15, 2010

Joi Morris will be speaking at LimmudLA in Costa Mesa.

Date: February 6, 2010

Joi Morris will be speaking at the Orange County FORCE Outreach Meeting.

Date: February 4, 2010 | Time: 7:00 pm

Joi Morris will be speaking at the Temple Beth Ami, Santa Clarita, Relay for Life meeting.