Cancer Keys: Rectal bleeding

Cancer Keys: Rectal bleeding

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: NICE NG12...
Cancer Keys: Oesophageal cancer and dysphagia

Cancer Keys: Oesophageal cancer and dysphagia

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 recommend offering...
Cancer Keys: Brain Tumours and Headaches

Cancer Keys: Brain Tumours and Headaches

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 headache*; some...
Cancer Keys: COVID-19 and Neutropenic Sepsis

Cancer Keys: COVID-19 and Neutropenic Sepsis

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 COVID-19 symptoms this...