COVID-19 Episode 9: Suspected Cancer During COVID-19
May 20th, 2020 by primarycareknowledgeboost
With so much changing in how we work in general practice at the moment, assessing and investigating patients for suspected cancer symptoms can be a challenge. To help talk us through the current situation, Lisa and Sara speak to:
- Dr Sarah Taylor: GP in Fallowfield and Cancer Research UK Cancer Diagnosis Lead for Greater Manchester
- Dr Viren Mehta: GP in Cheadle, Clinical Director at Stockport CCG and Clinical Director at his PCN
- Thoughts around how to assess patients with suspected cancer at the moment, including discussion around the remote nature of working currently and the challenges that come with this
- How to approach ‘cough’ presentations, remembering to continue to consider lung cancer
- Advice around how to decide who to see face to face
- The advice around suspected cancer referrals to secondary care at the moment
- What patients can now expect following a referral to secondary care for suspected cancer
- Greater Manchester Cancer Lung Pathway Board - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Centre: https://gmcancer.org.uk/coronavirus/
- NICE - Suspected Cancer: Recognition and Referral: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng12
- BMA - Taking and Using Pictures and Recordings of Patients: https://www.bma.org.uk/advice-and-support/ethics/confidentiality-and-health-records/taking-and-using-pictures-and-recordings-of-patients
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