Adequacy of family history taking in ovarian cancer patients: a population-based study
SourceFamilial Cancer, 11, 3, (2012), pp. 343-9
Article / Letter to editor
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Epidemiology, Biostatistics & HTA
SubjectNCEBP 1: Molecular epidemiology ONCOL 5: Aetiology, screening and detection; ONCOL 1: Hereditary cancer and cancer-related syndromes; ONCOL 1: Hereditary cancer and cancer-related syndromes NCMLS 6: Genetics and epigenetic pathways of disease; ONCOL 3: Translational research; ONCOL 5: Aetiology, screening and detection; ONCOL 5: Aetiology, screening and detection NCMLS 2: Immune Regulation
The aim of this study was to evaluate the adequacy of family history taking in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) patients and to identify factors that determine adequacy. Furthermore, the validity of family history taking was assessed by comparison with self-administered questionnaires. Medical records of all 1,112 EOC patients registered by the nation-wide cancer registry and diagnosed in eleven Dutch hospitals between 1996 and 2006 were reviewed. Adequate family history taking was defined as a written notification of the presence or absence of relatives with breast or ovarian cancer. Factors that were correlated with family history taking were identified using univariable and multivariable logistic regression. 147 patients filled in a postal questionnaire. An adequate family history was taken in 41% of all cases. Younger age, an academic hospital and having undergone surgery and/or chemotherapy were associated with adequate family history taking. The comparison with self-administered questionnaires showed a disagreement in 64% mainly due to missing data in medical records. Documentation on family history is either absent or inadequate in the medical records in the majority of EOC patients. These data urge for better uptake of hereditary cancer risk assessment. Different strategies for this assessment like improved family history taking and genetic testing in EOC patients should be explored.
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