For patients with a family history of cancer or concerns about cancer risk, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse offers a new cancer-risk reduction clinic. This involves assessing the whole patient, covering common cancers and providing a personalised cancer risk reduction plan.

The clinic is headed by GP academic Professor Lyndal Trevena.

“This clinic offers access to cutting edge tools, high-level expertise on cancer risk reduction and the most modern approach to it, tailored to individual patients,”  says Professor Trevena.

As an active general practitioner, Professor Trevena’s main research interest is in evidence-based clinical decision-making. She continues to develop and evaluate a number of decision tools and clinical practice guidelines which assist clinicians and patients to individualise population-level research into practice.

A consultation at the clinic could involve:

  • Risk assessment tools
  • X-rays
  • Blood tests
  • Referral to rapid endoscopy service
  • Investigations following an abnormal test result or high risk assessment
  • Immunisations – e.g. Hep B, which is effective in preventing liver cancer
  • Personalised lifestyle change plans and advice.

How to refer

To refer a patient to the Cancer Risk Reduction Clinic, GPs should visit the Refer a Patient page.

Referral
GPs may wish to refer patients who are concerned about their risk of cancer. You will receive a tailored cancer risk assessment and risk reduction plan for each patient. Unlike the specialist familial cancer services, this clinic is a new model which provides a comprehensive risk assessment for breast, colorectal, lung, prostate, and melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers and tailored discussions about evidence-based lifestyle and screening strategies to reduce cancer risk. Patients can either be referred directly within Lifehouse for services such as colonoscopy (if appropriate) or back to their regular GP for ongoing referral.

 

If You Need Help
For bookings please contact patient navigator Susan Harvey on 85140149 or susan.harvey@lh.org.au.