Clinical Genetics support and information

Information for health professionals

Information about genetics for patients and families

Modes of inheritance:

Additional useful resources for families:

  • Genetic Alliance UK: the national charity of over 130 patient organisations, supporting all those affected by genetic conditions. The website contains an introduction to genetics and genetic conditions and has many patient information leaflets.
  • Unique Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group provides information and support to families and individuals affected by any rare chromosome disorder.
  • Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability.
  • Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) is a national charity which provides non-directive support and information to parents throughout the antenatal testing process.

The information leaflet below may also be helpful:

Other Support Groups for patients and families

  • Bowel Cancer UK is a national charity which aims to save lives by raising awareness of bowel cancer, campaigning for best treatment and care and providing practical support and advice. 
  • Breakthrough Breast Cancer is a pioneering charity saving lives and changing futures, through research, campaigning and education – removing the fear of breast cancer for good.
  • Breast Cancer Care is a UK charity which provides patient support, including information, online discussion forums, contact details and free telephone support groups for carriers of a breast cancer gene, who either have or have not had breast cancer.
  • The Cancer Genetics StoryBank is an online collection of stories about cancer genetics. It consists of digital stories from patients covering topics such as living with the risk of cancer, compiling a family tree, telling a family member about a cancer diagnosis and making decisions about surgery and screening.
  • Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to saving lives through research, by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. 
  • Children Living with inherited Metabolic Diseases(Climb) is the United Kingdom's foremost provider of free metabolic disease information to young people, adults, families, professionals and other interested groups.
  • TheEve Appeal funds research into gynaecological cancer to help develop effective methods of prediction, detection, treatment and care that will help save women's lives not only in the UK but throughout the world.
  • The Haemochromatosis Society was set up to provide support and information for those affected by GH (Genetic Haemochromatosis).
  • Macmillan Cancer Support provides quality assured, up-to-date cancer information, written by specialists for patients, relatives and carers. It also provides a free telephone service for questions about cancer and support.
  • Ovacome is a nationwide support group providing information and support for everyone affected by ovarian cancer.
  • Syndromes Without a Name (SWAN UK) is a project run by Genetic Alliance UK offering support and information to families of children with undiagnosed conditions.
  • Target Ovarian Cancer is dedicated to achieving a long and good life for every woman with ovarian cancer.
  • The Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders (AMEND) is a resource for patients throughout the world who have the rare hereditary conditions of MEN Type 1 or Type 2.
  • The St Mark’s Polyposis Registry is the oldest in the world and has the aim of studying polyposis and preventing cancer. They look after over 800 patients who belong to polyposis families and attend St Mark’s, but they are also available to speak to anyone who wishes to obtain information about polyposis.
  • Prostate Cancer UK provides up-to-date specialist information for men affected by prostate cancer and their friends and families.
  • VHL Family Alliance is dedicated to improving diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life, for individuals and families affected by Von Hippel-Lindau disease.

Learn more about genome sequencing in our videos.

Genome sequence part 1

Discover what your genome is and how the technology behind whole genome sequencing works. This short animation, aimed at young people, explains what genome sequencing is and what happens when patients have their genome sequenced. It is of relevance to patients, their parents and anyone else who wants to learn more about the world of genetics.

Genome sequence part 2

Understand more about how having your genome sequenced can help doctors to find the cause of your condition. In the second animation in our series "My Genome Sequence", we also explain some of the current limitations and uncertainties of genome sequencing.

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