Education to support earlier diagnosis of cancer in primary care 

26/10/2017 00:00 

UCLH Cancer Collaborative (UCLHCC) is working with two prestigious education providers to offer online education packages to support primary care staff to diagnose cancer earlier.

UCLHCC has teamed up with the BMJ OnExamination platform to offer modules to support the earlier diagnosis of the most common cancers presenting in primary care.

Cancer types covered include breast; head and neck; lung; skin and soft tissue; abdominal and pelvic (upper GI, colorectal and gynaecological); urological and prostate; and rare cancers. The package contains evidence-based clinical content aligned to clinical guidance. It’s convenient (you can work at your own pace), CPD-approved and free of charge.

To receive your personal log in please email uclh.cancer.academy@nhs.net

Colorectal cancer is England’s fourth most common cancer and the second biggest cancer killer, but if diagnosed early enough, there is more than a 90 percent chance of successful treatment. Incidence of colorectal cancer is up 14 percent since the late 1970s; the fast-track referral system has had little impact on patients presenting at a later stage in acute settings.

With this in mind, UCLHCC has worked with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to develop a clinical e-learning course about colorectal cancer.

The 30-minute module, aimed at GPs and other primary care professionals, provides an overview of the colorectal cancer pathway, with a particular focus on the reasons behind late presentation. Diagnostic and screening investigations are also explored, as are next steps following referral to the cancer pathway.

UCLH Cancer Collaborative is part of the national Cancer Vanguard. Education is being developed for cancer patients and professionals by the new Cancer Academy.

Contact: Joanna Clason, cancer communications manager, j.clason@nhs.net, 020 3447 2796.

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