A quarter of patients with rarer cancers see GPs several times before referralBMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1198 (Published 29 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1198
- Susan Mayor
Nearly a quarter of patients with rarer cancers such as bone sarcoma or gallbladder cancer see a GP three or more times before being referred to a specialist and their cancer is diagnosed, show new results from the English national surveys of cancer patients.1
Prompt referral by GPs of patients with symptoms that may be due to cancer is a key part of efforts to improve early diagnosis and treatment, with the aim of improving outcomes. But rarer cancers are a particular challenge because …
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