Vague symptoms - could they be cancer? 

26/07/2017 00:00 

Not all symptoms that patients present to GPs are straightforward. For patients with vague but concerning symptoms such as abdominal pain, weight loss or painless jaundice, it can be difficult to refer them to the most appropriate tests quickly.

To cater for these patients, and to further support earlier diagnosis, the UCLH Cancer Collaborative is piloting three multidisciplinary diagnostic centres (MDCs) across the region at UCLH, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, and North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

We have produced two short videos on our website explaining what a multidisciplinary diagnostic centre is and the types of ‘vague symptoms’ that may be appropriate for referral to the MDC.

The GP referral forms and patient information leaflets are also available to download.
View our MDC webpage for more information.

Contact: Felicity Carson, senior project manager, earlier diagnosis, UCLH Cancer Collaborative,, 020 3447 2786.

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