Health and Social Services | Oldham Council
Support and advice group

Referral details

Self referral, GP, Health professional, Social care professional, Family can also refer to the service
3 Failsworth Health Resource Centre, Ashton Road, West Failsworth, Manchester, M35 0AD

Contact phone

0161 909 8537/8539

Age

Any age

Opening times

The service only takes referrals Tuesday to Thursday 9am - 5pm

Description

The Oldham Cancer Family History Service (OCFHS) provides high a quality personalised risk assessment for people who are concerned or have been identified by a health professional to be at an increased risk of developing certain inherited cancers.

Our primary focus is on cancers where faulty genes have been identified in the :

  • breast
  • bowel
  • womb
  • ovarian 

We also see patients with other types of cancers i.e.

  • prostate
  • stomach
  • lung

But we don't see patients with  blood born cancers, such as leukaemia or childhood cancers.Patients are risk assessed into the following groups:Population risk (risk not significantly increased) will be offered verbal and written lifestyle advice including, diet, cessation of smoking, alcohol and weight management, enabling them to take some responsibility for their own health care. They will also receive symptom awareness information

Moderate risk patients will be offered direct referral for early breast/bowel screening (age appropriate), current clinical trials and lifestyle advice as above.

High risk patients will be offered:

  • direct referral for genetic testing if appropriate
  • early breast/bowel screening
  • current clinical trials
  • chemo prevention
  • new NICE guidelines
  • lifestyle advice

All patients are offered a comprehensive personalised summary consultation letter after each appointment. They are also advised how to get back in touch with service should their family history change (more people diagnosed with cancer) as it might affect their risk assessment.A timely letter will be sent and with individuals consent to their GP to keep them informed.

Clinic appointments are offered at various health centres throughout the Oldham Borough including evening appointments at the Integrated Care Centre in Oldham twice a month.

Other support is found at the:

https://www.macmillan.org.uk/

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/

https://www.ovacome.org.uk/ - the Ovarian Cancer charity

 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/bowel-cancer-screening/

 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer-screening/ 

https://breastcancersupport.org.uk/

https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/

https://www.wcrf-uk.org/

Updated: 04/12/2019