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GPs have been told to give patients rapid access to cancer testing in a bid to save 10,000 lives a year.
Family doctors should speed up diagnoses by booking key tests such as ultrasounds themselves, rather than making patients wait to see a specialist who then orders the procedures.
Amid the new guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which were published yesterday, GPs are specifically encouraged to order urgent gastrointestinal endoscopies for patients showing possible signs of stomach and oesophageal cancer.
It is a simple step that has the potential to save thousands of lives each yearProfessor Gillian Leng
NICE also advises GPs to order blood tests for patients presenting with symptoms that suggests bowl cancer but who do not meet the current referral criteria.
The advice forms part of a drive aimed at preventing primary care doctors missing crucial early symptoms, prompted by concern that Britain has one of the lowest cancer survival rates in Western Europe.
In 2015 NICE said GPs should be issued with checklists of symptoms to help them detect the diseases to cut down on needless deaths.
They were told to fast-track patients with signs such as tiredness or unexplained bruises for urgent tests within 48 hours.
NICE Deputy Chief Executive Professor Gillian Leng yesterday re-emphasised that the best way to successfully treat cancer is to make an early diagnosis.
“It is a simple step that has the potential to save thousands of lives each year,” she said.
“In this quality standard we’re highlighting the need to give GPs the ability to refer patients directly for key tests such as MRI, X-ray and CT scans for suspected cancer so we can make that process even faster.
“We have also highlighted tests for suspected oesophageal or stomach cancer and colorectal cancer that could make a big difference to patients’ chances.”
More than 300,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the UK in 2013 and roughly half of all people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
The new NICE guidance states that, as well as verbally encouraging patients not to miss referral appointments, GPs should send them away with written information encouraging them to attend.
More than five million, or one in ten, hospital outpatient appointments are missed every year, costing the NHS around £750 million.
Most hospitals now spend reminder texts in an attempt to ensure patients turn up, although some doctors have advocated fining patients who miss appointments without a good reason.
“We also want to ensure that everyone who is referred for further tests attends their appointments as this could be vital for a swift diagnosis but also because missed appointments delay other patients and wastes precious NHS resources,” said Professor Leng.
Last year a report by Cancer Research UK revealed a “postcode lottery” in cancer diagnoses, with patients in some parts of the country 20 per cent more likely to have cancer detected early.
Cancer sufferers living in the South West had the best chance of getting an early diagnosis, the report found, while those in Merseyside fare worst.
A new cancer treatment may have an over 90% success rate.
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