Question asked by: 
Anonymous
Date asked: 
Jan 2018

My sister has just been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, and she has also been tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation. Our father was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. How do I access genetic counselling and testing? 

How do I access genetic counselling and testing?
You should ask your GP to refer you to your local Clinical Genetics Service.
Response by Dr Alexandra Murray, Consultant Clinical Geneticist

You should ask your GP to refer you to your local Clinical Genetics Service. If you live in the same area as your sister, her genetics team will be able to arrange a test for you. If you live elsewhere, your local genetics service will first liaise with your sister’s genetics team to get details about her test result. Then they will be able to offer you a test.

Wherever you have the test, you will have genetic counselling beforehand to discuss all the implications of having a genetic test. You will also be offered ongoing support from your genetics team afterwards.