Family History of Colorectal Cancer

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

All referrals should comply to the referral standards and include:

  • Specific family history of cancer including:
    • Family member's relationship to the patient
    • Family member's age at diagnosis of colorectal cancer
    • If genetic testing has been done within the family

Tests

  • Consider FOBT prior to referral
  • Indicate if the patient is symptomatic or asymptomatic

Interim/GP management

To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Colorectal Surgery clinic page for the full referral process and templates.

All patients referred for surveillance colonoscopies after removal of polyps or for family history are triaged according to the following guidelines:

Note: Referrals of asymptomatic patients deemed not to meet guidelines will be returned to the referrer.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.

Consider referral for Direct Access Colonoscopy or to Genetics Service for discussion of risk.

Emergency:

Emergency patient should be sent directly to the Emergency Department.
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6348 7382
MCH ED – Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED – Phone: (03) 6493 6340  Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED - Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6173 0489

Urgent:

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar to organise urgent review and the referral must be faxed.

We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Semi-urgent:
Routine: