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Cancer learning plan

7.75 credits

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.




Clinical Review

Cervical cancer: clinical review

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.

1.50 Credits
Syllabus

Guidance update: latest NICE guidelines on recognition and referral of suspected cancer

Dr Toni Hazell outlines how to implement the latest NICE guidance on the recognition and referral of suspected cancer in primary care.

1.00 Credits
Clinical Review

Lung cancer: clinical review

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.

1.50 Credits
Red flags

Hoarse voice - red flag symptoms

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.

0.50 Credits
Red flags

Changing moles - red flag symptoms

Dr Nigel Stollery provides an overview of red flag symptoms to consider when assessing changing moles.

0.50 Credits
Syllabus

Guidance update: latest NICE guidelines on prostate cancer

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.

1.00 Credits
Knowledge

Primary care's role in cancer diagnosis and management

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.

0.25 Credits
Patient Case Study

Pancreatic glucagonoma

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.

0.50 Credits
Knowledge

Identifying oral cancer

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.

0.50 Credits
Red flags

Rectal bleeding - red flag symptoms

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.

0.50 Credits