Cancer Genetics: for Patients
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If you are worried that you may be at increased risk of cancer because of your personal or family history of cancer, you should see your GP, oncologist or treating specialist. They can assess whether you are eligible for a referral to our service.
In some cases, we will need more information to decide whether you are eligible for an appointment with us. In this case, we will contact you to assess your family history of cancer. It is important to fill this out as thoroughly as possible, including all unaffected, as well as affected relatives, so that we can give you the best advice.
Once we have reviewed your family history, the following may happen:
- We may write to you giving you advice on screening but not offer an appointment
- We may advise that your relative with cancer is seen by their local genetics service
- We may offer you a telephone appointment
- We may offer you a face to face appointment at one of our clinics
Please find below some links for further information for patients and the general public around cancer genetics
Learn about genetics
Family history and cancer
What are DNA, genes and chromosomes?
What is genetic testing?
- Macmillian: Information about genetic testing for inherited cancer genes
- Let’s talk about…. genomic testing
- Genetic Alliance: What is genetic testing?
- NHS website about genetic testing
What is genetic counselling?