Introducing GatewayC Cancer Maps
The Cancer Maps are a popular interactive reference tool for GPs based on the NICE NG12 cancer guidelines, designed to be used during consultations to help clinicians assess possible cancer symptoms.
The RCGP award-winning Cancer Maps have been developed by Dr Ben Noble with support from Cancer Research UK, The East Midlands Cancer Alliance and West Leicestershire CCG. The Cancer Maps are also endorsed by NICE.
Dr Noble created the mapping by using iMindMap software, with the help of his father, who created the search and web-enabling function. Following a successful pilot evaluation in 2017, the maps have continued to be easily used during consultations and can inform primary care professionals of the direction their consultation must take.
The Cancer Maps are explained through a tutorial and within our ‘Improving the Quality of Your Referral’ course, which aims to support primary care professionals in making clinically appropriate suspected cancer referrals, and in preparing patients for referral.
There are 4 main ways to use the maps:
- As a quick reference to NICE guidance
- As a decision support tool
- As an educational tool
- With patients to reassure or safety net
The main central branches represent the organs or systems; these are followed by NICE NG12 guidelines (cancer referral, investigation etc). As the branches become more peripheral, the red flag symptoms are listed.
It is possible to search for specific symptoms and where they appear in the guidance. These are listed at the right hand side of the screen and, when highlighted, flash red on the map(s) where they appear. It is also possible to filter certain symptoms by adding the patient’s age and gender as part of a search.