Genetics: What does this mean for me and my family?
Ovarian Cancer Australia (AUS,
This page explains the genetics of ovarian cancer, why you might choose to be tested, and where to go for more information.

Genetics and ovarian cancer
Ovarian Cancer Australia (AUS, 2019)
This webinar provides information about genetics and ovarian cancer, including the importance of genetic testing and who should be tested, the process and costs involved in genetic testing and who to contact if you are interested in having genetic testing.

Understanding genetic testing after a diagnosis of ovarian cancer
Centre for Genetics Education; NSW Health (AUS, 2021)
This pamphlet gives a brief and clear explanation of the reasons for doing genetic testing following a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, how it is done, and what the results might mean for you and your family.
  (PDF pamphlet, 60 pages)

It's in the genes
Yoland Antill/Counterpart (AUS, 2021)
Dr Yoland Antill, Medical Oncologist and Cancer Genetics specialist explains how genetics can influence cancer and determine treatment options.

Cancer in the family
Centre for Genetics Education, NSW Health (AUS, 2019)
Web resource providing information for people who have an increased chance of getting cancer because of their family history. Covers a range of topics including what to do if you’re worried; what types of cancer can be genetic; and genetic testing for cancer risk.

Family history and cancer
Cancer Council Victoria (AUS, 2022)
Explains the genetic risk of cancer. Scroll down for information specific to ovarian cancer.

Inherited breast and ovarian cancer
Macmillan (UK)
A clear explanation of the genetic risks of ovarian cancer and how family history can be used to assess risk. As this resource is UK-focused, treatment and support services are not available to Australians.

Physical aspects: Genetics
Chris O’Brien’s Lifehouse (AUS, 2013)
This video discusses the role of genetics in gynaecological cancers. Includes women discussing their own personal experiences, as well as a specialist nurse and social worker. Includes talking with family members about genetic cancers, and the links between ovarian cancer and BRCA and Lynch Syndrome genes. YouTube sometimes suggests videos on similar topics. Please be aware that these other videos have not been reviewed for the Navigator, and may not be reputable.
(YouTube video, 9 mins)

What is Lynch Syndrome?
Lynch Syndrome Australia (AUS)
This website is commonly recommended to Australian patients seeking information on Lynch Syndrome. Includes an explanation of Lynch Syndrome, the risks and how they can be managed.

Lynch Syndrome (LS)
Macmillan Cancer Support (UK)
This section of the website explains Lynch Syndrome, how it is inherited and diagnosed, and what screening is available. As this resource is UK-focused, treatment and support services are not available to Australians.

Family cancer centres
Cancer Council Victoria (AUS)
List of services that can provide genetic testing and advice in Victoria.

Find a genetics clinic
Genetic Support Network of Victoria (AUS)
Find your nearest genetics clinic.

Last Updated: 15 February, 2022 11:56 am