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New Zealand Family Cancer Service
Our vision is that all New Zealanders can access trained, trusted and skilled professionals, from the comfort of their own home or where you are comfortable talking with us.
Our team of family cancer specialists comprises health professionals with the following areas of expertise:
- breast cancer
- women’s cancers
- chemotherapy treatment
- colorectal (bowel) cancers
- personalised genetic advice (genetic risk assessment) from our NZ based Genetic Counsellors
- psychology services
Managing Referrals from other Specialists
Many specialists will come across patients at known or possible increased risk of familial cancer during their routine practice.
Our service is designed to support you in clarifying your patient's risk and to document this for use in your subsequent management.
Surgeons and other referring specialists can utilize our services at one or all of three levels:
- Genetic counselling and risk-clarification including eligibility for gene testing
- Gene testing
- Risk reducing surgery
From your initial referral we will be seeking clarification as to what level of intervention you require of us. It is usual practice for us to assume that if a patient is referred to us that we should move from option one to option two if that seems appropriate to us.
We provide a team of oncology-trained surgeons who perform risk-reducing surgery, but activation of this option requires a specific referral from the specialist, otherwise women will be referred back to their referrer for risk-reducing management once their risk status has been clarified.
For individuals who would like to see us, please refer to "Seeing Us" on our website
New Zealand Family Cancer Services
The New Zealand Family Cancer Service is available to all New Zealanders.… More
The New Zealand Family Cancer Service provides risk assessment and genetic testing in a supportive environment.… More
This is provided by one of our genetic counsellors, who are health professionals with postgraduate degrees and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counselling.… More
Specific genes can be examined in the laboratory to look for any changes to their sequence that would mean that gene would not work in the way it was supposed to.… More
Our team includes a psychologist who has extensive experience of working with individuals and families adjusting to the impact of inherited cancers and related issues.… More
Please refer to "Our Fees" section of our website for an outline of our fees.
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This page was last updated at 10:20AM on May 15, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by New Zealand Family Cancer Service.