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Rectal bleeding

Rectal bleeding

7th May 2021 Potential pitfall: Rectal bleeding is a key symptom of colorectal cancer, but there are also a number of other benign causes. Tumours often bleed intermittently, so careful history taking is vital if other concerning symptoms are present. Helpful hint:...

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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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