Guidance

An Introduction to Cancer

This video is an introduction to cancer for people who work in primary care, hosted by Dr Nigel Watson.

Owise Breast Cancer App – Personalised medical information, tracking functions, diary for wellbeing, medication, side affects. Clinicians can then use details recorded on app to inform treatment decisions.

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Changes to Cervical Cancer Screening

Dr Laura Edwards, Joint CEO at Wessex LMCs is joined by Mr Ian Simpson, Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Lead Colonoscopist at Basingstoke Hospital. Ian explains the latest changes in the interval of cervical screening and addresses some of the points raised over social media.

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Early Diagnosis of Cancer & NG12

This presentation with Dr Laura Watson shows us where cancers are diagnosed and tools to help us pick them up in practice sooner. Dr Watson is a sessional GP with a specialist interest in Cancer who works in the Wessex Rapid Investigation Service.

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FIT Testing demystified, Overview of the 2WW ”Rapid Investigation Service” & ”Cancer of Unknown Primary” Pathways

GP Dr Camilla Janssen talks to Richard Roope about FIT tests, their use in screening as well as for the symptomatic population. Also covered are the new colorectal referral pathways including recent changes, such as the FIT -ive referral route. Discussions include appropriateness of requesting and interpreting FIT tests in different clinical situations, i.e. with rectal bleeding, change in bowel habits, acute infection and when taking iron supplementation and the importance of safety netting.

Here is the link to the information on the Wessex Cancer Alliance website, including useful links that can be sent to patients regarding the FIT tests and result interpretation, as well as Wessex lower GI pathways and flowcharts.

The final part of the discussion covers the “Rapid Investigation Service” as well as the “Cancer of Unknown Primary” 2WW pathways. Awareness is raised regarding the high incidence of false -ive results with different tests and the importance of remembering this, when interpreting results in the clinical context

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Prevention & Screening in Cancer what is Primary Care’s Role?

This conversation between Dr Julia Hempenstall and Dr Richard Roope summarises what we can do to prevent cancers and how we can help with screening uptake. Dr Roope is a portfolio GP with a special interest in cancer. He has held national and local leadership roles in the field and works in the Wessex Rapid Investigation Service.

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Very Brief Advice (VBA) for Smoking Cessation

This conversation between Dr Richard Roope and Cancer Research UK facilitators Victoria Wright & Lucy Pickup discusses the importance of smoking cessation for patients, highlighting the inequality gap and the simple 30-second technique to effectively deliver ‘Very Brief Advice’ in a consultation.

Cancer Research UK facilitators can provide a short training session for PCNs on delivering VBA. If you would like more information or to arrange this then contact england.wessexcanceralliance@nhs.net

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Last Reviewed Date
07/12/2023