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Table 3 Categorising communication to patient responses by breast cancer specialists

From: Understanding of BRCA VUS genetic results by breast cancer specialists

  Total Medical oncologist Clinical oncologist Surgeon
No. (%) No. (%) No. (%) No. (%)
155 (100 %) 63 (40.7 %) 54 (34.8 %) 38 (24.5 %)
Report 1     
 Appropriate 146 (94.2 %) 62 (98.4 %) 50 (92.6 %) 34 (89.5 %)
 Inappropriate 2 (1.3 %) 1 (1.6 %)a 1 (1.9 %) 0 (0 %)
 Don’t know 7 (4.5 %) 0 (0 %) 3 (5.6 %) 4 (10.5 %)
Report 2     
 Appropriate 83 (53.5 %) 35 (55.6 %) 28 (51.9 %) 20 (52.6 %)
 Inappropriate 11 (7.1 %) 2 (3.2 %) 3 (5.6 %) 6 (15.8 %)
 Don’t know 61 (39.4 %)b 26 (41.3 %) 23 (42.6 %) 12 (31.6 %)
  1. a‘Other: Probable pathogenic mutation so advice is on assumption that this is pathogenic ....’
  2. bIncludes: Other (n = 3): “These questions are hard to answer when we don't deal with interpreting these reports day to day” (n = 1); “just read about it before seeing patient” (n = 1), “why did I send her for genetic testing?? I wouldn't have done so with no FH!!!” (n = 1)