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Breast Cancer In The Family - What Does It Mean?
1 Educational activity
FACRRM Recommended
Genetics (GEN)
Adult internal medicine (AIM)
History taking (Hx)
Provide expert medical care in all rural contexts 
Provide primary care

Breast Cancer In The Family - What Does It Mean?

The Breast cancer in the family - what does it mean? module was developed by Cancer Australia and adapted for online delivery by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

This module is presented by Judy Kirk, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Familial Cancer Services at Westmead Hospital in Sydney

BREAST CANCER IN THE FAMILY - what does it mean?

This Cancer Australia module is part of a series about Breast Cancer Treatment and Care. The module addresses the importance of assessing family history of Breast Cancer in your patients. Because of the association between Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer we will also talk about Ovarian Cancer in this module.

The module will describe genes in which heritable faults or mutations increase a woman’'s susceptibility to Breast and Ovarian Cancer. It will explain how to assess a woman’'s risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer based on her family’'s history and describes when it is appropriate to refer someone for genetic testing at a family Cancer Clinic.

It will also describe risk reducing strategies for women who are found to be at increased risk.

This module contains:

  • •Written information
  • •Case studies
  • •Links to websites with useful information

The module has been written with the expectation that practitioners would work through it sequentially in the first instance.

Other genes involved in breast/ovarian cancer susceptibility
Family history of breast cancer
Taking a family history
Characteristics of high-risk families
The online FRA-BOC tool
Assessing family history
Recording a family history
Categories of risk based on family history
Category 1 - at or slightly above average risk
Category 2 - at moderately increased risk
Category 3 - potentially high risk
When to consider referral to a family cancer clinic
Role of a family cancer clinic
What information should you provide to a family cancer clinic?
Process of genetic testing
Genetic testing
Management of high-risk women
Surveillance of high-risk women
Risk-reducing interventions
Risk-reducing surgery
Risk-reducing medications
When to consider risk-reducing medication
When not to prescribe risk-reducing medication
Risk-reducing medication - potential side effects
Lifestyle factors
Psychosocial distress

If you are not an ACRRM member and wish to apply for free access (sponsored via Cancer Australia), please click here to register.


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