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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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
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Identifying oral cancer

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

Cancer patients willing to wait longer for GPs with good listening skills
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Cancer patients willing to wait longer for GPs with good listening skills

Patients with high-risk cancer symptoms are prepared to wait longer to see a GP who...

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...

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