Quality statement 7: Genetic testing

Quality statement

People with unresectable or metastatic melanoma are offered genetic testing of the tumour.

Rationale

Genetic testing of tumour tissue can help with choosing more targeted and effective treatment for people with unresectable or metastatic melanoma.

Quality measures

Structure

Evidence of local arrangements and clinical protocols to provide genetic testing of the tumours for people with unresectable or metastatic melanoma.

Data source: Local data collection.

Process

Proportion of people with unresectable or metastatic melanoma who receive genetic testing of the tumour.

Numerator – number in the denominator who receive genetic testing of the tumour.

Denominator – number of people with unresectable or metastatic melanoma.

Data source: Local data collection.

Outcome

1-year survival rates in people with diagnosed with unresectable or metastatic melanoma.

Data source: Office for National Statistics Cancer survival by stage at diagnosis, experimental statistics: 2012 to 2014.

What the quality statement means for service providers, healthcare professionals and commissioners

Service providers (secondary and tertiary care) ensure that systems are in place to provide genetic testing of the tumour for people with unresectable or metastatic melanoma.

Healthcare professionals (specialist skin cancer multidisciplinary teams) offer people with unresectable or metastatic melanoma genetic testing of the tumour.

Commissioners (clinical commissioning groups and NHS England) ensure that they commission services that offer genetic testing of the tumour to people with unresectable or metastatic melanoma.

What the quality statement means for patients and carers

People with a type of skin cancer called unresectable or metastatic melanoma are offered genetic testing of their tumour to help find out whether a type of drug treatment called targeted systemic therapy might be suitable for them.

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