Assessing and monitoring a patient with a neck lump

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Telephone consultations: working with verbal cues

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Monday 10th August 2020 GatewayC and the Maguire Communication Skills Training Unit have partnered to produce this resource below. Missed our free webinar on Effective Telephone Consultations? Watch it here. What are cues? It is often the case that people do not...

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Friday 17th July 2020

It is essential to monitor a neck lump closely, measuring and remarking if it is hard, mobile or fixed. It is also important to record the number of nodes found, if they are changing over a period of time, and refer the patient urgently if there are any concerning features. It is important to remember that a haematological malignancy will be progressive (albeit sometimes the progression is slow); therefore, GP continuity is best practice and good record keeping essential.

GatewayC’s Lymphoma – Early Diagnosis course aims to support health professionals who are working with patients facing a possible lymphoma diagnosis. The course includes a full interview with Miss Susannah Penney, Consultant Head, Neck and Thyroid Surgeon, addressing how a GP might assess and monitor a patient with a neck lump.

Key points from the interview include:

  • How to assess and monitor the patient
  • Where lymphoma can present
  • The role of the Head and Neck Surgeons
  • The positive predictive value of head and neck cancer symptoms
  • The best referral route

Please note: if a patient has a concerning neck lump, with or without other lymphoma associated symptoms, refer them to see a Head and Neck Surgeon on a suspected cancer referral.

Find out more:

  • Access GatewayC’s Lymphoma – Early Diagnosis course here
  • Read NICE’s guidance on neck lumps here

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