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...
Cancer Keys: Jaundice and Pancreatic Cancer

Cancer Keys: Jaundice and Pancreatic Cancer

Potential pitfall: Jaundice can be a classic symptom of pancreatic cancer; about half of patients have jaundice when they first go to their GP. Yet, pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose as symptoms can vary or may be late, vague and non-specific. Helpful hint:...
Cancer Keys: Faecal Calprotectin

Cancer Keys: Faecal Calprotectin

Potential pitfall: Faecal calprotectin testing is an incredibly sensitive investigation for detecting the presence of inflammation. It is raised in a wide variety of conditions including malignancy, inflammatory bowel disease and alcohol misuse. It is therefore not...