Previous event: Genetics and colorectal cancer
On Wednesday 12 July 2023 we held our 'Genetics and colorectal cancer: tumour testing and inherited risk' education event.
We learnt about the current testing for colorectal cancer tumours, what the results of these tests mean and how they influence treatment decisions. Our speakers also discussed how and when to refer for inherited conditions. Finally, attendees had the opportunity to put questions to our expert speakers.
About the speakers
Nurse Consultant – Hereditary GI cancer syndromes, St Mark's Hospital
Vicky Cuthill, Nurse Consultant, started her nursing career in general intensive care. She then specialised; firstly, in benign colorectal conditions at the Royal London Hospital, before moving into colorectal cancer at Homerton University Hospital, and then becoming a Polyposis Nurse Practitioner. Currently, Vicky is a Nurse Consultant in Hereditary GI cancer syndromes at St. Mark's Hospital. Alongside the unit's cancer prevention work, Vicky works with Macmillan Cancer Support to raise the profile of genomics in cancer care and presents extensively on the subject.
National Lead Nurse for the Lynch syndrome project, St Mark's centre for familial intestinal cancer
Laura is a nurse practitioner who works at the St Mark's centre for familial intestinal cancer, which embeds the polyposis registry, the family cancer and Lynch syndrome services. She is also the National Lead Nurse of the Lynch syndrome project and a Clinical Research Fellow. In addition to being a nurse, Laura is a health psychologist and has been working with patients living with inherited conditions since 2012. She started working with patients with rare dementias at UCLH, and later with patients with inherited cardiac conditions at Imperial college, Guy's, St Thomas's & King's college Hospitals. She started working with patients living with inherited colorectal cancer syndromes in 2020, and she has started her own research project looking at the psychological impact of living with inherited colorectal cancer. She is also the National Lead nurse for the National Lynch syndrome project.