Fresh pair of eyes may speed up cancer diagnosis

Researchers have found that symptoms of bowel cancer tended to be identified slightly more quickly when patients consulted an unknown doctor rather than their usual GP.

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The study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, included data for 2000 to 2009 from the General Practice Research Database. The study included around 18 500 patients with breast, bowel, or lung cancer whose relevant cancer symptoms or signs were identified up to 12 months before the eventual diagnosis.

EC NHS Trust supports Lung Cancer Awareness Campaign

East Cheshire NHS Trust is supporting the Department of Health’s Lung Cancer Awareness Campaign ‘Been coughing for 3 weeks? Tell your doctor.’

Lung cancer claimed around 99 lives in Eastern Cheshire in 2012, and 148 people were diagnosed in the same time period. This makes it one of the area’s biggest causes of death.   

For further information about the national lung cancer awareness campaign visit the Department of Health website http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/index.htm

Alkhalil M; Eid MA; Mahmood A; Babores M: BMJ Case Reports; 2010

This article “Unusual recurrence of small cell lung carcinoma” was published in BMJ Case Reports, 2010, vol./is. 2010/, 1757-790X (2010).  Apologies to our authors for late posting!

Author(s): Alkhalil M; Eid MA; Mahmood A; Babores M
Institution: Macclesfield General Hospital, Victoria Road, Macclesfield SK10 3BL, UK.
Language: English

Abstract: We report a case of malignant meningitis in a 63-year-old man with a background of treated small cell carcinoma. He presented with dizziness, vomiting and ataxia. His imaging investigations did not show any abnormalities, but lumbar puncture confirmed the diagnosis of malignant meningitis.
Country of Publication: England
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source: MEDLINE

Lung Cancer; Conference Abstract; Creech L.; Clayton K.

The comprehensive lung cancer nursing service
Citation: Lung Cancer, January 2012, vol./is. 75/(S37), 0169-5002 (January 2012) Author(s): Institution: (Creech, Clayton) East Cheshire NHS Trust, Macclesfield District General Hospital,

Abstract: 
The Macmillan Lung Cancer Nursing (MLCN) service at East Cheshire supports patients throughout their journey from pre-diagnosis to specialist palliative care.

The MLCNs are clinical nurse specialists with advanced nursing practice, they provide advice and assessment on all aspects of care, through all treatment modalities.

Method:
The MLCN are present at the breaking of significant news and oncology clinic. They run two nurse led clinics per week for the follow up of patients with a confirmed diagnosis of lung cancer. There is also a Lung Cancer support group for patients to engage in peer support.

Results:
The MCLN support the primary and secondary care colleagues in all aspect of symptom management and patient support Conclusions: The MLCN service is underpinned by a patient centred approach. Ensuring all aspects of Living with Lung Cancer are covered for the patient and ensuring excellent quality end of life care, whether at home, hospital or hospice. Close links and excellent communication ensures the patient is well supported and informed at any stage in their journey.

Conference Information:
10th Annual British Thoracic Oncology Group Conference, BTOG 2012
Dublin Ireland.

Publisher: Elsevier Ireland Ltd
Publication Type: Journal: Conference Abstract