The Family Cancer Clinic welcomes referrals from GPs regarding individuals with a family history of colorectal cancer, who are worried about their risk of developing colorectal cancer. We are currently not on the Choose-and-Book system, so a referral letter from the patient’s GP must be posted or faxed to:
Professor Huw Thomas
The Family Cancer Clinic, St Mark’s Hospital, Level 5
Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex
Tel: 020 8235 4266
Fax: 020 8235 4277
For more information, view for the Referral Guidelines for the Family Cancer Clinic.
A GP referral letter is needed in the first instance before we can offer any patients advice.
Before we can offer an appointment or advice, you will be sent a family history questionnaire to complete – please include as much information as possible. Alternatively a copy can be printed off at St Mark’s Hospital, and returned to us with the GP referral letter.
It is also helpful if you could us copies of any relative’s death certificates/relevant medical information. If these are unavailable, we can try to confirm cases of cancer with the various cancer registries throughout the UK (these have records from the mid-1970s).
Once we have obtained as much information as possible we will then offer you advice as to your risk of developing colorectal cancer, including whether genetic testing is appropriate and advice on bowel screening. You may be offered an appointment in our outpatient clinic, telephone advice, or a referral to a local genetics service.
If it is inconvenient for you to be referred to St Mark’s Hospital Family Cancer Clinic, your GP can refer you to your local genetic service for advice. The Genetic Alliance can provide a list of Regional Genetics Services.
For more information, view these guidelines for those who have one immediate relative affected by bowel cancer over the age of 50.