Breast Cancer Care comment on NICE guidelines

Commenting on the new NICE guidance on familial breast cancer: 'Classification and care of people at risk of familial breast cancer and management of breast cancer and related risks in people with a family history of breast cancer', released today (Tuesday 25 June 2013), Carolyn Rogers, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care said:

“These new guidelines are an exciting development that could help many hundreds of people with confirmed or a potential family history of breast cancer now and in the future.

“Significant changes, including the recommended preventative use of drugs like tamoxifen and raloxifene in high-risk women as an alternative to risk-reducing surgery, is an important step forward in increasing patient options and choice. Many more people in England and Wales will be able to access genetic testing and this latest guidance will help make their care and treatment more consistent.

“We are really pleased to see the recommendation for further research within this complex area, particularly to compare psychosocial outcomes in those who decide to or decide not to have risk-reducing surgery. We know from calls to our Helpline that such a decision can be extremely difficult to make.”

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Notes to editors:

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