169352 - Lung Cancer Screening, Diagnosis and treatment options and information on Rapid Access Lung Lesion Clinic
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This session will provide an update on advances in lung cancer screening and on how to diagnose and stage patients. Presenters will discuss benefits of interventional pulmonology, referral pathways available in the northern region and information on a new service called Rapid Access Lung Lesion Clinic. The session will conclude with a panel discussion and Q&A with cardiothoracic surgeons and medical oncologists.Relevance to General Practice
Diagnosing cancer in general practice is not easy and some cancers are more difficult than others to diagnose when they present first in primary care. A large UK study showed that patients with lung, pancreatic and stomach cancer, and myeloma were significantly more likely to have had multiple visits to their GP before referral, compared with patients with breast or endometrial cancer. This suggests that GPs took longer to recognise the significance of their patients’ symptoms for certain types of cancer. It also highlights the importance of repeat visits with the same symptoms as a potential red flag in itself and the value of diagnostic safety-netting to ensure that patients know they need to return if their symptoms persist.
GPs need to know a lot about the conditions they see daily or weekly. GPs are required to be upskilled on screening, diagnosis and further referral pathways to manage patients with chronic conditions such as cancer.