12 Care of People with Cancer and Palliative Care

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 12, Care of People with Cancer and Palliative Care, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Cancer is a clear or underlying concern in many patients and it is important for GPs to recognise this and act on it.

The role of the GP includes primary prevention of cancer through detection and diagnosis to terminal care. Palliative care, and helping patients to die with dignity, is one of the most fundamental aspects of medicine.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

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Dealing with your first death as a GP

Dealing with your first death as a GP

Handling the death of a patient as a GP can be a very different experience to dealing...

NICE approves first new drug for Cancer Drugs Fund

NICE approves first new drug for Cancer Drugs Fund

Lung cancer drug osimertinib has become the first new treatment made available by...

How significant event analysis can support early cancer diagnosis

How significant event analysis can support early cancer diagnosis

Macmillan Cancer Support, the RCGP and NHS England have produced a toolkit to help...

Tips to help GPs implement NICE cancer referral guidance

Tips to help GPs implement NICE cancer referral guidance

NICE's guidance for recognition and referral of suspected cancer contains over 200...

GPs can stop thousands of cancer deaths with better access to diagnostics, says NICE
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GPs can stop thousands of cancer deaths with better access to diagnostics, says NICE

NICE has emphasised the importance of GPs being given direct access to key diagnostic...

One in four tests to rule out cancer are from GP direct referrals
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One in four tests to rule out cancer are from GP direct referrals

One in four tests to rule out cancer were from direct GP referrals in 2015/16, official...

Early cancer diagnosis varies twofold across England
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Early cancer diagnosis varies twofold across England

GPs have called for variations in early cancer diagnosis to be scrutinised after...

GP tests could rule out colorectal cancer before referral, study suggests

GP tests could rule out colorectal cancer before referral, study suggests

GPs could use faecal calprotectin (FC) tests in the practice to rule out colorectal...

GP appointments for cancer diagnosis could halve under £15m NHS plan
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GP appointments for cancer diagnosis could halve under £15m NHS plan

NHS England has announced a £15m fund to usher in 'world-class cancer services',...

GPs launch online triage system to streamline GI cancer diagnosis
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GPs launch online triage system to streamline GI cancer diagnosis

Bradford GPs have developed an online triaging system which will filter out patients...

GP prostate screening ruled out but practices told to give PSA tests on request
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GP prostate screening ruled out but practices told to give PSA tests on request

Public Health England (PHE) has ruled out systematic screening of men over 50 with...

How to approach difficult conversations during end-of-life care

How to approach difficult conversations during end-of-life care

There are many issues that GPs should consider when providing care to a patient at...

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