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Br Med Bull. 1994 Jul;50(3):732-45.

Setting up and running a familial cancer clinic.

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  • 1CRC Human Cancer Genetics Research Group, Department of Pathology, Cambridge, UK.


This article is based on the author's own experience of establishing and running a familial cancer clinic over the past 9 years. There are certainly other ways of doing it, depending on the clinical context--resources, involvement of colleagues from other specialities--and each clinic should be adapted to local circumstances. As the familial component of the common cancers such as breast and colorectal cancers is increasingly recognised, and DNA-based predictive testing becomes a possibility, the future demand for genetic advice is likely to increase dramatically. This will almost certainly require a re-appraisal of the way in which familial cancer services are provided, which is discussed in the final section.

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