This section aims to maintain awareness of 'red flags', and promote earlier diagnosis of cancers where there is often a delay in diagnosis.

Female symbol TOC logo Ovarian cancer still has the worst prognosis of all the gynaecological cancers, with a one year survival rate of 72% and a five year survival rate of 43%. However, contrary to popular belief, it is NOT a silent killer—most women are symptomatic, regardless of the stage at which they are diagnosed. Common symptoms include bloating and lower abdominal pain.

This course was developed in partnership with Target Ovarian Cancer.

This course is FREE to all healthcare professionals in the UK.


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Time to complete this course: 30 minutes
Date of publication: March 2013
Time to complete this course:
30 minutes
Date of publication:
February 2017

Cancers in children and young people are rare but potentially fatal. GPs may have a key role in assisting timely diagnosis and in supporting the families of affected children and young people. This course will support GPs, GP trainees, nurse practitioners and allied health care professionals in being able to identify symptoms and signs which could indicate a malignancy in a child or young person.

This course was developed in partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent. 

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This course aims to deliver an understanding of the current epidemiology of haematological malignancies in the UK to aid in earlier diagnosis. It covers the increasing incidence of haematological malignancies and the importance of early recognition and use of investigations in primary care. The spectrum of clinical presentation, including emergency presentations, can vary, and the routes to diagnosis are diverse. The course will also illustrate that haematological malignancies affect two specific peak age ranges and provides a range of clinical cases.

This session is part one of two and focusses on the epidemiology, importance of early diagnosis and patient experience throughout their journey from diagnosis to treatment and survival.

The next session includes clinical cases illustrating the complexity and variety of presentation for leukaemias, lymphomas and myelomas.

This course has been developed in partnership with Leukaemia CARE.

This course is FREE to all healthcare professionals.

Start Blood Cancer

Time to complete this course: 60 minutes
Date of publication: August 2015

 


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This course on Brain Tumours in Children will enable you to more confidently diagnose brain tumours in children and to understand that presenting symptoms may vary according to the age of the child.

Brain tumours are the commonest cancer cause of death in children and adolescents. People often present initially to primary care and this session will help you to improve your diagnostic skills and to safety net appropriately, through the use of case studies.

This course was developed in partnership with HeadSmart.

This course is FREE to RCGP Members and Associates in Training. If you are a non-member, you can purchase it on the RCGP website.


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Time to complete this course: 45 minutes
Date of publication: September 2012
Reviewed & updated: December 2015


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This course highlights the importance of recognising cancer in its early stages and the essential role of the GP in identifying common delays.

The course includes reflective cases, risk toolkits and practical suggestions on how to improve your practice and helps you to discover ways to diagnose cancer earlier.

This course was developed in partnership with Cancer Research UK.

This course is FREE to all healthcare professionals in the UK.


Start Early Diagnosis of Cancer

Time to complete this course: 30 mins
Date of publication: November 2012
Reviewed and updated: February 2017


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Patients frequently present to general practice with a range of undifferentiated symptoms that may or may not signify serious disease.

This course helps GPs to make sense of the early symptoms that could be explained by pancreatic cancer. Using video-based scenarios, it reviews the patterns of symptoms that emerge over time, which can suggest a serious underlying diagnosis, and sets out an approach that GPs can take to ensure appropriate and timely investigation and follow-up in cases of diagnostic uncertainty.

Pancreatic cancer is more prevalent than is often recognised and earlier detection of symptoms will improve outcomes for patients.

This course has been developed in partnership with Pancreatic Cancer Action.

This course is FREE to all healthcare professionals in the UK.

>>Start Pancreatic Cancer: Early Diagnosis in General Practice.
Time to complete this course: 45 mins
Date of publication: October 2012

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This e-learning course looks at the ways in which primary bone cancer may present, and highlights the difficulties in diagnosis. Primary bone cancers are rare, but early diagnosis is key in optimising prognosis. This course uses case studies to help you identify prompts to consider bone cancer as a differential diagnosis at an earlier stage. Core information on epidemiology and management is also presented to help contextualise the information, and sources of advice and support for both you and your patient are presented.

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Time to complete this course: 30 minutes
Date of publication: July 2014
Reviewed and updated: March 2017

Prostrate Cancer

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This course enables you to increase your awareness, knowledge and skills to assess patients with symptoms that could be explained by prostate cancer. It covers epidemiology, risk factors, case scenarios to showcase the variety of clinical presentations and explains the use of primary care investigations, including the appropriate use of the prostate specific antigen.

This course has been developed in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK.

This course is FREE to all healthcare professionals in the UK.


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Time to complete this course: 30 mins
Date of publication: September 2013