Cancer Keys: Persistent bone pain and myeloma

Cancer Keys: Persistent bone pain and myeloma

Patients often visit healthcare professionals several times prior to the diagnosis of myeloma. This is mainly due to presenting symptoms being vague or overlapping with other conditions. Patients with myeloma can experience persistent bone pain – usually the back,...
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...