E. de Geus MSc

PhD student
Main activities
Medical Psychology
Focus of research

Informing relatives about their hereditary cancer risk. A trial to asses the effectiveness of additional counseling. - The indentification of a hereditary breast or colon cancer risk has not only implications for the counselee, but also for his or her relatives. Relatives may need to be informed about their possible risk. Based on this risk information, they can make an informed decision about whether or not to pursue genetic counseling, test and/or preventive breast or colon screening. Genetic counselors therefore encourage counselees to discuss hereditary cancer risks with their relatives. However, fewer relatives present to genetic services for care than would be expected. The limited uptake of genetic and surveillance services raises the question whether and how at risk relatives are informed by the counselee. Literature suggests that counselees may encouter barriers in family disclosure that result from: 1) lack of knowledge (e.g. not knowing who is at risk), 2) lack of motivation to inform (e.g. wanting to protect relatives for negative emotions) and 3) lack of self-efficacy (e.g. not being able to inform). We aim to develop and evaluate an intervention focused at supporting counselees in disclosing hereditary cancer risks to their relatives.

Curriculum Vitae

Eveline de Geus (1986)  started her study Psychology at Radboud University in Nijmegen in 2004. After obtaining her bachelor's degree in 2007 she studied as an exchange student for 6 months at the University of Bergen, Norway. In 2008, she started the master Medical Psychology at Tilburg University, earning her master's degree in 2010. The subject of her thesis was the development of an instrument for monitoring health status in COPD patients (NCSI-monitor). She started het PhD project entitled: 'Informing relatives about their hereditary cancer risk. A trial to asses the effectiveness of additional counseling' in January 2011.