Simplifying access to gene testing for women with ovarian cancer
A new streamlined approach to genetic testing for women with ovarian cancer provides testing rapidly and affordably, allowing many more patients to benefit from personalised cancer management and their relatives to benefit from cancer prevention strategies.
The new approach offers cancer patients the opportunity to get gene testing at one of their routine cancer clinic appointments instead of having to be referred to a separate genetic testing clinic.
As well as offering a more streamlined patient journey, the pathway is less resource intensive for health systems and could save the NHS millions of pounds per year, if implemented nationally.
The new testing pathway was developed by researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, as part of the Wellcome Trust-funded Mainstreaming Cancer Genetics programme.