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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Third of emergency cancer patients have 'no prior GP consultations'

Third of emergency cancer patients have 'no prior GP consultations'

One in three emergency cancer patients have never seen a GP prior to admission, discrediting...

Endometrial cancer: clinical review

Endometrial cancer: clinical review

Risk factors for endometrial cancer, management options, conducting a physical examination,...

GP practice oesophageal cancer test in final trial stage

GP practice oesophageal cancer test in final trial stage

GPs could soon test high-risk patients for oesophageal cancer without having to refer...

Exclusive: Urgent cancer scans blocked for two in five GPs

Exclusive: Urgent cancer scans blocked for two in five GPs

Two in five GPs have had referrals on the two-week cancer pathway bounced back or...

End-of-life care scenario: managing hepatic failure

End-of-life care scenario: managing hepatic failure

As GPs become more involved with palliative care, they are dealing with more complex...

Secondary care support can boost GP use of breast cancer prevention drug

Secondary care support can boost GP use of breast cancer prevention drug

Researchers have called for a joint primary and secondary care pathway to encourage...

'Revolutionary' research project to boost GP cancer diagnosis

'Revolutionary' research project to boost GP cancer diagnosis

UK-based universities will spearhead an international research project to discover...

Cervical cancer screening attendance drops to 19-year low

Cervical cancer screening attendance drops to 19-year low

Attendance for cervical screening tests has dropped to a 19-year low, a charity has...

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...

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