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Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer in Adults and Children

NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 27



The guideline is divided into sections which cover in detail specific topics relating to twelve groups of cancers: lung, upper gastrointestinal cancers, lower gastrointestinal cancers, breast cancer, gynaecological cancers, urological cancers, haematological cancers, skin cancers, head and neck including oral cancers, brain/central nervous system cancers, bone and sarcoma, and children’s and young people’s cancers.

In each section, the symptoms, signs and risk factors relevant to initial assessment in primary health care are considered. The role of investigations in primary care is then addressed, and the sections conclude with consideration of factors related to delay and difficulties in diagnosis.

Two additional sections are included at the beginning of the guideline. The first deals with the needs of patients with suspected cancer at the time of referral. The second considers the process followed by healthcare professionals in reaching an initial diagnosis, and interventions to help healthcare professionals improve their ability to identify patients who should be suspected of having cancer.

Important general methodological issues are flagged up as appropriate. Where appropriate, full details of the papers reviewed are presented in the evidence tables


Copyright © 2005, National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care.
Bookshelf ID: NBK45765PMID: 21473024
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