May 03, 2016
A new app developed with our support will help healthcare professionals to identify people at risk of inherited cancer.
Cancer Genetics, developed by the Clinical Genetics team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, uses personal, family and medical history to assess a person’s risk of inherited cancer.
By following a series of tailored questions and accessing up-to-date guidelines on the app, healthcare professionals can assess a person’s risk and, if necessary, refer them directly to specialist cancer genetics services. This means quicker access to genetic counselling and testing, cancer surveillance, and preventative surgery. If the app finds a person is not at risk, they and their family can be instantly reassured.
Cancer Genetics was developed by Dr Anju Kulkarni, Consultant Clinical Geneticist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ who applied for a £15,000 grant from our Cancer Funds for the project. Dr Kulkarni hopes the app will help people like Kenisha McGregor (pictured with Dr Kulkarni), who was only found to carry a gene mutation when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013.
Oliver Smith, Director of Strategy and Innovation at the Charity, says: “It is great that our support has helped to turn this idea into a reality. Cancer Genetics is a great example of health innovation, where a small idea can have a big impact on people’s quality of life. The app will help GPs to quickly and more confidently give people concerned about inherited cancer the information and advice they need.”
Life Sciences Minister George Freeman MP says: “This app highlights the ground-breaking role that new digital technology can play in supporting NHS patients and clinicians with better diagnosis and treatment. Not only will it help to inform people about the risks of inherited cancers but it can put the minds of many at ease, and allow the NHS to refer patients directly to specialist cancer genetics services.”
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