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The University of Southampton
Macmillan Survivorship Research Group

Breast Cancer Choices

Genetic testing decision aid for young women


Funder: Breast Cancer Now


Chief Investigator: Professor Claire Foster


Research Team: Dr Ellen Copson, Mr Ramsey Cutress, Dr Anne Armstrong, Prof Gareth Evans, Mrs Lesley Turner, Dr Alex Recio-Saucedo, Dr Briony Eccles, Mrs Shelley Mason, Dr Munaza Ahmed, Prof Diana Eccles, Dr Chloe Grimmett, Mrs Christine May, Miss Charlotte Brooks, Miss Kerry Coleman, Mr Bjoern Schukowsky

Sites: University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and The Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


What is it about?

Genetic testing to find out about genes that increase the risk of breast cancer may soon be offered to younger women with breast cancer, at or soon after diagnosis.


Professor Claire Foster and her team, funded by Breast Cancer Now, will create a decision aid to help women decide whether to have a genetic test or not.

Deciding whether to undergo genetic testing at diagnosis can cause additional anxiety for women, so we need to find the best ways to help, by providing the information they need to make informed decisions.


What difference will this project make?

With the help of women affected by breast cancer, Professor Foster and her team will make a decision aid to help younger women to feel more comfortable making decisions about genetic testing.


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