NHS expands family cancer services

5 July 2005

A service that provides advice, assessment and support from specialist cancer genetics nurses for people from families with inherited forms of cancer is to be expanded. Pilot projects are already based in GP practices in South West London, Yorkshire and the North East, and now Oldham, Poole and Somerset Coast Primary Care Trusts will also provide the service in 2005 (see BBC news report). Family members can ring and speak to a cancer genetics nurse to discuss their personal risk; in many cases they may only need reassurance that this risk is extremely low, but in other cases the nurses may suggest further assessment for possible genetic testing and advice on preventative interventions, should the individuals be found to have a strong genetic predisposition towards developing a form of cancer. The expansion of family cancer services is part of the

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