A number of evidence-based guides have been specifically designed for GPs and health professionals working in primary care.
Starting the conversation: supporting sexual wellbeing for women with breast cancer
Publication date: July 2013
Cancer Australia has developed a resource to support health professionals to initiate discussions around sexual wellbeing with women and their partners, following a diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. The resource includes information on issues of sexual wellbeing and identifies risk factors and prevalence of common symptoms. The resource aims to guide health professionals through key practice points, and provides further referral options to specialist services and web links to additional information. Examples and tips on initiating the conversation are provided to support health professionals to identify and prioritise a woman’s key concerns and offer support to resolve these.
Advice about familial aspects of breast and ovarian cancer: a guide for health professionals
Publication date: February 2010
A guide for health professionals, including GPs, that can be used to assess a woman’s risk of breast cancer and epithelial ovarian cancer.
The investigation of a new breast symptom: a guide for general practitioners
Publication date: February 2006
Indicates the steps to be taken in investigating symptoms that could be breast cancer, including nipple discharge. The need to take account of individual patient history and circumstances (eg. a very strong family history or previous personal history of breast cancer) is highlighted. (Endorsed by: The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Breast Cancer Network Australia).
The use of sentinel node biopsy in early (operable) breast cancer: a guide for general practitioners
Publication date: February 2009
Information for general practitioners about the breast cancer drug trastuzumab (Herceptin®)
Publication date: July 2007
The management of the woman with metastatic breast cancer: a guide for GPs
Publication date: 2003
Clinical practice guidelines for the psychosocial care of adults with cancer – a summary guide
Publication date: 2005
Summary card to assist health professionals in providing optimal evidence-based psychosocial care for adults with cancer, and their families.
Follow-up care for women with early breast cancer: a guide for general practitioners
Publication date: March 2010