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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CCGs must enable GPs to refer more patients for cancer scans, report warns

CCGs must enable GPs to refer more patients for cancer scans, report warns

The NHS needs to provide increased funding and support to enable GPs to refer more...

Chest pain - red flag symptoms

Chest pain - red flag symptoms

Causes and management of chest pain in primary care and red flag symptoms that should...

GPs told to test all patients with one or more blood cancer symptoms

GPs told to test all patients with one or more blood cancer symptoms

GPs should ensure all patients presenting with one or more symptoms of blood cancer...

Half of patients visiting GP with cancer diagnosed within 40 days

Half of patients visiting GP with cancer diagnosed within 40 days

Half of patients presenting to their GP with cancer are diagnosed within 40 days,...

End-of-life care: Providing person-centred care to patients at the end of life

End-of-life care: Providing person-centred care to patients at the end of life

GP Dr Rajiv Mitra explains how a new resource for terminally-ill patients is helping...

End-of-life care: CQC briefing

End-of-life care: CQC briefing

Dr Devin Gray discusses how CQC inspectors assess a practice's approach to end-of-life...

Pressure on GP referrals linked to higher cancer mortality

Pressure on GP referrals linked to higher cancer mortality

Pressure on GPs to avoid over-referral may be driving high UK rates of mortality...

Palliative care: How GPs can handle conversations about end-of-life care

Palliative care: How GPs can handle conversations about end-of-life care

Talking to patients about end-of-life care is not easy even for experienced health...

Developments in melanoma treatment

Developments in melanoma treatment

A review of established and novel therapeutic approaches for malignant melanoma,...

GP training: Why all doctors should have sufficient training in palliative medicine

GP training: Why all doctors should have sufficient training in palliative medicine

Dr Patrice Baptiste explains what she is learning from her placement in palliative...

GP prescription patterns could help diagnose cancer patients earlier

GP prescription patterns could help diagnose cancer patients earlier

Researchers are compiling an anonymous dataset of primary care prescription data...

Identifying oral cancer

Identifying oral cancer

The main signs, symptoms and risk factors of oral cancer in primary care and when...

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