University of Toronto

Funded by: The Canadian Institutes of Health Research 

Study Team Contact Information:

Dawn Lee
(Genetic Counselor)
Tel.: 1-416-323-6400 ext 2725

Study Coordinator
Tel.: 1-416-323-6400 ext 2749


Are you interested in free follow-up genetic counseling over the telephone?

Typically, when women undergo genetic testing, they receive standard genetic counseling prior to testing in order to fully understand the procedure and associated implications. If a woman’s genetic test results are positive for a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, cancer prevention options are then discussed with a genetic counselor.

However, for many women with a BRCA mutation, there is no formal cancer genetics follow-up to provide ongoing guidance and support after genetic testing. In this study, researchers hope to learn more about follow-up telephone genetic counselling experiences in women with a BRCA mutation.

This research study aims to evaluate a follow-up telephone-based genetic counselling intervention for women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation who have received genetic counselling in the past.

Who Can Participate?
Participation in this study is completely voluntary. You can withdraw from this study at any time. If you are interested in participating, you must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must have received your genetic testing results indicating a mutation in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, at least 1 year ago.
  • You must be between 35 and 70 if you are a carrier of the BRCA1 gene mutation; you must be between 40 and 70 if you are a carrier of the BRCA2 gene mutation
  • You must not be currently pregnant or have given birth in the last 6 months
  • You must not be currently receiving treatment for any cancer

Why Should You Participate?
This study will provide you with up-to-date information about cancer risk management. The genetic counselling session that you will receive will be personalized so that you can be better informed when choosing screening, prevention, and treatment options.

What Does Participation Entail?
To participate, all that is required is the completion of two (2) questionnaires as well as a scheduled genetic counselling session over the telephone. We estimate that each questionnaire should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Please contact our study team if you would like to learn more and to determine if you are eligible to participate.