There are 1.8 million people in England living with a diagnosis of cancer. This number will double by 2030 and around a third more cancer diagnoses will be made each year. GPs and the primary healthcare team are essential in supporting the physical and emotional well-being of a cancer patient, their relatives/carers, addressing secondary prevention and lifestyle factors that will minimise the risk of future cancers and other long-term conditions and improve the patient experience.
This course covers the importance of the GP and primary care team in the management of cancer in primary care throughout the entire patient journey once cancer has been diagnosed. It has been developed in partnership with CRUK.
Time to complete this course: 30 minutes
Date of publication: September 2014
Patients with cancer are at higher risk of specific problems and if undergoing cancer treatment can be susceptible to treatment side-effects or complications.
This section will focus on managing patients with active cancer in primary care and liasion with the local cancer services.