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Developing a cancer genetics service in Wales: opinions of gynaecologists on the management of women at risk of familial ovarian cancer

Leeson, S., Iredale, R., Stansfield, K., Evans, A. and Gray, Jonathon 2001. Developing a cancer genetics service in Wales: opinions of gynaecologists on the management of women at risk of familial ovarian cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care 10 (3) , pp. 172-178. 10.1046/j.1365-2354.2001.00260.x

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Abstract

In Wales, a cancer genetics service has been developing since 1998. Gynaecologists play an integral role in the management of women with a family history of ovarian cancer and we were interested in investigating referral practice and management for relatives of patients with ovarian cancer among gynaecologists in Wales. In 1999, a postal questionnaire was sent to all gynaecologists. The response rate was 51%. The questionnaire contained structured questions about current provision and a number of hypothetical scenarios to explore referral patterns to the cancer genetics service. The results of this study showed that referrals varied widely among specialists, as did the numbers who required onward referral to cancer genetics. The offer of screening to women at high risk of ovarian cancer was consistent, although there were variations in how often it was offered and the age at which it was offered. Most gynaecologists were easily able to establish when it was appropriate to refer onwards to cancer genetics, differentiating between women at high or low risk. There was some confusion about women at moderate risk of ovarian cancer. This study demonstrated the need for clear referral guidelines in Wales. Guidelines have since been distributed to all general practitioners and specialists; however, continued monitoring and further evaluation of referral practices will be necessary.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0961-5423
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:05
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/72701

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