SA Clinical Genetics Service – Familial Cancer Unit
The SA Familial Cancer Service provides genetic counselling and testing for individuals and families at increased genetic risk of developing cancer. The Service aims to both prevent the incidence of cancer and increase the early detection of cancer in our community.
This is a state wide initiative of the:
The Familial Cancer Service also comprises the:
How to access the Service
You will need to discuss your family history with your general practitioner or specialist who can then refer you to the Service.
After we have received a referral letter we will send you:
We will ask you to nominate your preference for the place of your appointment. Clinics are offered at metropolitan public hospitals and in regional centres (Mt Gambier and Pt Augusta).
Once you return the information we will post you details of an appointment to see a clinical geneticist or genetic counsellor.
Following the appointment you and your doctor/s will be sent a detailed letter outlining the issues discussed.
This service is provided at no cost to residents of South Australia.
We welcome any interested family members to attend the appointment.
We also welcome any phone enquires.
Information for families
What is familial cancer?
Familial cancer accounts for just small proportion of all cancers.
The following features are suggestive of a hereditary predisposition to develop cancer:
What is genetic counselling for familial cancer?
The purpose of genetic counselling is to assist you in making the best decisions for yourself.
Genetic counselling involves:
The Familial Cancer Unit has a range of leaflets about familial cancer in general as well as leaflets about specific conditions. These leaflets are available from the Cancer Genetics Education Officer at the Cancer Council SA.
People who attend an appointment with one of the genetic counsellors of the Unit also receive a detailed letter that summarises the information discussed during the appointment.
Further information, advocacy, counselling, and support services can be accessed through the Cancer Council South Australia. Their Cancer HelpLine can be contacted on 13 11 20 (local call).
Other useful contacts and websites include
The Familial Cancer Unit has an active clinical research program investigating the cause, impact, and care of familial cancer.
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Clinical Geneticist and Acting Head of Unit
Level 7, Samuel Way Building
Familial Cancer Unit
Ph (08) 8161 6995
Fax (08) 8161 7984