Friday 30th September 2016
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Autumn 2016
Macmillan has decided to take the Online Personal Education and Risk Assessment tool (OPERA) offline, but we will continue to offer a wealth of cancer genetics information
OPERA was an interactive self-assessment tool, designed to help people assess their familial risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Macmillan took over the tool in 2008 when we merged with the specialist cancer information charity Cancerbackup. The tool was taken offline in March, after a review found that there would be significant technical barriers to maintaining it as an accurate and high-quality resource in the future.
This decision was not taken lightly and we’ll continue to offer information and support for people who are worried about their inherited risk of cancer. This includes:
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has developed an app for health professionals, which can help health professionals to assess inherited cancer risk for people you support. You can download the app by visiting ubqo.com/cancergenetics
We will continue to encourage anyone concerned about cancer and genetics to speak with their GP to find out more about risk, and for referral to genetic testing and counselling if necessary.
Please update any local patient information you produce that signposts to OPERA. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org