Attendance of Men at the Familial Cancer Clinic: What They Value From the Consultation

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Journal Article


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine




This article was originally published as: Lobb, E. A., Gaff, C. L., Meiser, B., Butow, P. N., Osseiran-Moisson, R., & Hallowell, N. (2009). Attendance of men at the familial cancer clinic: what they value from the consultation. Genetics in Medicine, 11(6), 434-440. Original article available here


Purpose: This study examined what men from high-risk breast/ovarian cancer families valued from attending a familial cancer clinic. Methods: One hundred men from families with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation completed a self-administered questionnaire. Results: Seventy- two percent (72%) of men attended the familial cancer clinic at the request of a family member. Multivariate analyses showed that men with a preference for a collaborative decision-making style (B = −4.651, 95% CI = −9.014 to −0.289, P = 0.04), those with lower levels of education (B = −4.850, 95% CI = −9.16 to −0.537, P = 0.03), and those with higher levels of cancer-related anxiety (intrusion) (B = 0.920, 95% CI = 0.441–1.399, P < 0.001) were more likely to value emotional support from the clinic. Men with a collaborative decision-making style (B = −2.68, 95% CI = −4.91 to −0.467, P = 0.02) were less likely, and those with higher total levels of cancer-related anxiety (intrusion and avoidance) (B = 0.393, 95% CI = 0.008–0.779, P = 0.04) were more likely to value receiving information from the clinic. Conclusions: A preference for collaborative decision making and cancer-related anxiety predicted men valuing information and emotional support from the consultation. The finding that men's attendance is initiated by family members highlights the value men place on family responsibility.



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