SYMPTOM ASSESSMENT OF PATIENTS IN THE CHESHIRE BOWEL CANCER SCREENING PROGRAMME WITH A FINDING OF CANCER
1,*A Bond, 2J Everall, 2I London, K Koss. Gastroenterology, East Cheshire NHS Trust, Macclesfield; 2Gastroenterology/BCSP, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Crewe, UK
When attending the bowel cancer screening (BSC) programme patients undergo pre-colonoscopy assessment of their symptoms. This is conducted by the specialist screening practitioner for the BCS programme. Following a diagnosis of bowel cancer at colonoscopy the questions were asked again, after a 3–6 month period. Comparison could then be made to assess the validity of the pre-assessment questionnaire. It would also allow us to look at whether patients reported all symptoms during pre-assessment.
The Department of Health is launching a repeat of the national bowel cancer awareness campaign next week.
The Department of Health has published the second national cancer patient experience survey based on feedback from 72,000 inpatient and day case cancer patients.
Equity and excellence for bowel cancer
This report finds that over 1,800 bowel cancer patients are being denied a choice of treatment each year. It calls for NHS hospitals that fail to offer bowel cancer patients a full range of clinically appropriate treatments to be hit with financial penalties.
see our display on Beating Bowel Cancer – leaflets, information and support for further study. Just ask – we’re here to help you find the right resources.
23-29 January is Beating Bowel Cancel week and the Staff Library will be launching the first of a series of monthly themed topics.
Working together with the Trust’s MacMillan Cancer Resource Centre, the aim is to raise awareness and signpost staff, students and visitors to a range of quality resources, where they can gain further help and knowledge.
Look out for us next week when we will be out and about.
A short factsheet to support GPs in the first NHS national bowel cancer symptom awareness campaign in England are available.