Family History of Colorectal Cancer (CRC)
From April – August 2022, the Department will contact patients waiting for an outpatient clinic appointment via SMS, with a link to an electronic form. This forms part of a routine audit to ensure patient details are up to date. If you receive this SMS, please update your details.
North South North West Statewide
All referrals should comply with referral standards and specifically include:
- Initial work up
- Family history of cancer including:
- Details of the family members relationship to patient and family members age at diagnosis of colorectal cancer (CRC) or polyps.
- Any family history of uterine, ovarian, gastric or small intestinal tumour.
- If previous colonoscopy, please detail last colonoscopy report and histology. If possible or date and site of examination.
- History of cardiovascular disease, renal disease, liver disease, diabetes
- Medication especially anticoagulants and reason for prescription, iron supplements, NSAIDs, steroids and hypoglycaemic agents.
- Pathology results, Essential: FBE, Iron studies and consider B12
- BMI (or height & weight)
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Gastroenterology 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.
DO NOT REFER
- Asymptomatic individuals with no family history of colorectal cancer
(Yearly FOBT recommended in average risk patients over 50 years of age)
- Asymptomatic individuals with a single family member affected at > 55 years of age (as per NHMRC guidelines). Yearly FOBT as above
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Routine / category 3
Possible Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colon Cancer Syndrome (or Familial Polyposis)
Multiple relatives with colorectal cancer, other GI cancer or uterine cancer and at least one relative with age of onset of cancer <50 years of age
- Refer at 25 years of age for consideration of screening
Other family history of colorectal cancer
- Refer at 50 years of age or 10 years of age earlier than the age at which the youngest first degree relative was diagnosed with CRC, whichever comes first
- Two first degree relatives or second degree relatives on same side of family
Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.
GESA Guideline: Bowel Cancer - Early Detection, Screening and Surveillance (2011)
Proceed to Emergency Department (ED).
LGH ED Reception – Phone: (03) 6777 6405 Fax: (03) 6777 5201
MCH ED* – Phone: (03) 6478 5120 Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED* – Phone: (03) 6493 6351 Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED Reception – Phone: (03) 6166 6100 Fax: (03) 6173 0489
Advice for medical practitioners can be given by the Medical Officer In Charge (MOIC) - see HealthPathways Tasmania for contact information.
*MCH and NWRH MOICs request GPs call them prior to referring a patient to ensure the patient is being sent appropriately to a safe destination.
We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks
Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the clinic and the relevant doctor for urgent assessment, or patient should be directed immediately to the Emergency Department.
We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks
Next available appointment