AIMS: Lynch syndrome (LS) is associated with an increased risk of developing endometrial carcinoma (EC) and ovarian carcinoma (OC). There is considerable variability in current practices and opinions related to screening of newly diagnosed patients with EC/OC for LS. An online survey was undertaken to explore the extent of these differences.
METHODS AND RESULTS: An online questionnaire was developed by a panel of experts and sent to all members of the British Association of Gynaecological Pathologists (BAGP) and the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists (ISGyP). Anonymised results were received and analysed. Thirty-six BAGP and 44 ISGyP members completed the survey. More than 90% of respondents were aware of the association of LS with both EC and OC, but 34% were not aware of specific guidelines for LS screening. Seventy-one per cent of respondents agreed that universal screening for LS should be carried out in all newly diagnosed EC cases, with immunohistochemistry (IHC) alone as the preferred approach. Only 36% of respondents currently performed IHC or microsatellite instability testing on all newly diagnosed EC cases, with most of the remaining respondents practising selective screening, based on clinical or pathological features or both. A significant minority of respondents (35%) believed that patient consent was required before performance of mismatch repair (MMR) protein IHC. Almost all respondents favoured the use of standardised terminology for reporting MMR protein staining results, and this is proposed herein.
CONCLUSION: There is wide support for universal LS screening in patients with EC, but this survey highlights areas of considerable variation in practice.
Bibliographical note© 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
- Colorectal Neoplasms, Hereditary Nonpolyposis/diagnosis
- DNA Mismatch Repair
- Endometrial Neoplasms/diagnosis
- Middle Aged
- Ovarian Neoplasms/diagnosis
- Surveys and Questionnaires