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This learning plan aims to extend GPs’ knowledge of cancers that they may encounter in general practice, and provide practical information on presenting symptoms that may indicate cancer. You can undertake the whole plan to demonstrate that you have studied this area in depth, or use individual modules from the plan to complement your existing learning. You can claim credits for all the modules that you complete.
Topics in this plan are the subject of recent NICE guidance on diagnosis of suspected cancer. Recommendations by site of cancer can be found here.
Mr Manas Chakrabarti and Mr Andy Nordin review the diagnosis and management of cervical cancer, including an overview on common surgical management techniques and factors affecting prognosis.
Dr Toni Hazell outlines how to implement the latest NICE guidance on the recognition and referral of suspected cancer in primary care.
This article by Dr David Breen and Dr Vincent Brennan covers the diagnosis and management of lung cancer. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include risk factors such as smoking, radon gas, industrial exposure, air pollution, and indications for an urgent chest X-ray.
This article by Dr Suneeta Kochhar, updated in September 2016, provides an overview into the red flags of hoarse voice. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include recognising potential causes such as trauma, infection or vocal overuse, conducting a clinical evaluation and advising patients on vocal hygiene.
Dr Tillmann Jacobi describes how to implement the NICE quality standard on the care of men with suspected or diagnosed prostate cancer in primary care.
Dr Richard Roope outlines the expanding role of primary healthcare professionals in diagnosis and management of cancer. Key learning points include current trends in cancer referrals and diagnosis.
Dr Rupesh Amin describes a rare case of pancreatic glucagonoma, which initially presented with symptoms of an intractable eczematous rash. Key learning points for GPs and other healthcare professionals include discussion of the important differential diagnoses, and an outline of cutaneous manifestations of internal malignancies.
Dental nurse and adviser at the Oral Health Foundation, Karen Coates, discusses how to recognise the main signs, symptoms and risk factors of oral cancer in primary care.
Dr Suneeta Kochhar provides an overview into the red flags of rectal bleeding, in an article updated in 2018. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include ruling out malignancy and inflammatory bowel disease, and when to refer.