Decision-making about risk-reducing surgery for hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC): an interview study

07 July 2010
Researchers are working alongside us on an interview study which aims to describe peoples’ experiences of genetic testing, having a gastrectomy and undergoing screening.

Researchers - Shirlene Badger and Nina Hallowell - from the PHG Foundation (Foundation for Population Health and Genomics) in Cambridge and Julia Lawton from Edinburgh University are working alongside us on an interview study which aims to describe peoples’ experiences of genetic testing, having a gastrectomy and undergoing screening.

The aim of this research is to find out how people feel about the various options- what they think of screening, how they came to a decision about surgery and what impacts these things have on their lives. The research will last for 18 months and at the end of this time we will provide some recommendations for healthcare professionals who are involved in the care of people who have a family history of gastric cancer.

Shirlene and Nina will be travelling all over the country in the next few months to do these interviews. If you are involved in the Familial Gastric Cancer Study or the Hereditary Diffuse Cancer Register and have not received an information pack but would like to take part, please let us know by emailing Sue Richardson: susan.richardson@addenbrookes.nhs.uk