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Ovarian cancer and persistent bloating

Ovarian cancer and persistent bloating

19th March 2020 Potential pitfall: Persistent bloating is a common presenting symptom of ovarian cancer. Therefore, a potential missed diagnostic opportunity can occur if this is not investigated. Helpful hint: NICE NG12 guidelines recommends carrying out tests in...

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Oesophageal cancer and dysphagia

Oesophageal cancer and dysphagia

10th March 2021 Potential pitfall: Dysphagia is the most common presenting symptom of oesophageal cancer. It should be considered alongside a number of other symptoms when contemplating an upper gastrointestinal cancer referral. Helpful hint: NICE NG12 guidelines...

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4 Tips to Manage Barrett’s Oesophagus

4 Tips to Manage Barrett’s Oesophagus

4th March 2021 Barrett's oesophagus is associated with an increased risk of oesophageal cancer. When supporting a patient with Barrett’s oesophagus, are you clear on how to manage the condition? 4 tips to manage Barrett’s oesophagus in primary care include: Treatment,...

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Brain tumours and headaches

Brain tumours and headaches

24th February 2021 Whilst many people may associate brain tumours with headaches, often affected patients do not present with a headache until a later stage, if at all. Potential pitfall: Only up to 16% of brain tumour patients present to their GP with an isolated...

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Assessing peripheral neuropathy

Assessing peripheral neuropathy

18th February 2021 It is important for primary care practitioners to explore and assess peripheral neuropathy carefully by evaluating the level of impact on the patient, both physically and emotionally. Many individuals receiving chemotherapy are nervous about...

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COVID-19 and neutropenic sepsis

COVID-19 and neutropenic sepsis

4th December 2020 Neutropenic sepsis is a potentially fatal complication of anticancer treatment (particularly chemotherapy). Helpful hint: NICE have produced a COVID-19 rapid guideline on the delivery of systemic anticancer treatments. If patients present with...

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The seasonal flu vaccine and cancer treatment

The seasonal flu vaccine and cancer treatment

6th November 2020 People living with cancer or undergoing cancer treatment are often immunosuppressed and at higher risk of catching the flu. After cancer treatment, a patient’s resistance to infection might be low for some months or years. It is recommended that a...

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