'Audit lung cancer to improve detection'

GPs should start auditing lung cancer diagnoses to improve early detection of the disease in primary care, say campaigners.

The UK Lung Cancer Coalition (UKLCC) says records of patterns of presentation for lung cancer could boost survival.

Lung cancer patients in the UK have one of the lowest survival rates in Europe, with five-year survival at 8.4 per cent in Scotland and 8.2 per cent in England.

In comparison, 16.8 per cent of lung cancer patients in Iceland are alive five years after diagnosis.
The UKLCC has now developed a 12-step plan it says can reverse this trend.

Recommendations include:

  • Audit of lung cancer diagnosis trends in primary care
  • Quicker access to diagnostics such as X-rays
  • Lung cancer screening pilot
  • Improve public awareness and understanding to increase early presentation
  • Rapid communications on diagnoses from secondary care to primary care

 

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com

Comment below and tell us what you think

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK are playing a leading role in the largest-ever NHS vaccination...

RCGP online exhibition celebrates women in general practice

RCGP online exhibition celebrates women in general practice

An online exhibition celebrating women’s contribution to general practice over the...

MPs back campaign against reforms that 'threaten fairness of fitness to practise cases'

MPs back campaign against reforms that 'threaten fairness of fitness to practise cases'

Plans to scrap the 'five-year rule' and categorise doctors with health concerns as...

GP appointments up 31% compared with pre-pandemic levels

GP appointments up 31% compared with pre-pandemic levels

General practice in England delivered 31% more appointments in June this year than...

COVID-19 vaccine map: Which CCGs have most fully-vaccinated adults?

COVID-19 vaccine map: Which CCGs have most fully-vaccinated adults?

Tens of millions of COVID-19 jabs have been administered across England, but progress...

RCGP demands emergency rescue package for 'crisis-torn' general practice

RCGP demands emergency rescue package for 'crisis-torn' general practice

A five-point rescue plan for general practice drawn up by the RCGP warns the profession...