The HCP Referral Form
is used to refer patients from all parts of BC/Yukon. Please print the form, provide all relevant information, and fax it to the appropriate HCP office.
The HCP office in Abbotsford receives and processes referrals for people who wish to have a genetic counselling appointment at the BC Cancer Agency's Centres in Abbotsford and Surrey.
The Vancouver office of the HCP receives referrals for patients who wish to have a genetic counselling appointment in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Prince George or by video conference to many communities across BC/Yukon.
- Referrals may be made for individuals with or without a personal diagnosis of cancer
- The family history will be assessed by the HCP to identify the type of consultation that is indicated
- Appointments can usually be booked within 12-15 months from the return of a completed Family History Form (sent to the patient by the HCP office)
- Genetic testing may or may not be offered in the course of a genetic counselling appointment
Information about other hereditary cancer syndromes can be found on the GeneTests
website. For information on specific syndrome criteria, please visit the Hereditary Cancer Syndromes
Reasons to request hereditary cancer assessment on an expedited basis include:
Requests for urgent assessment are reviewed promptly by HCP staff. Please provide timeline and reason for expedited assessment. The referring physician will be contacted if additional information is required to support the request, or to explain why the HCP is unable to provide an expedited appointment.
- Patient is eligible for carrier testing - specific hereditary cancer gene mutation has already been identified in a close relative (report required)
- Unstable health status of family "index" case - see "Urgent DNA Storage" section below
- Genetic test results will impact patient's immediate clinical management - see Expedited BRCA1/2 index testing for additional information
Storage of a blood sample may be indicated on an urgent basis when the health of an affected "index" patient is of concern. The goal of storing a blood sample is to allow for the possibility of future hereditary cancer genetic testing in a family. No testing is done on a stored blood sample until the appropriate family member has had genetic counselling and completed an informed consent process.