Cancer Keys: Myeloma and C.R.A.B

Cancer Keys: Myeloma and C.R.A.B

Myeloma and C.R.A.B C.R.A.B is the acronym designed to simplify the most typical clinical manifestations of multiple myeloma. Clinicians should consider the following indicators in a potential myeloma diagnosis: C: Calcium – hypercalcaemia R: Renal – any form of...
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: False negative chest X-rays

Cancer Keys: False negative chest X-rays

False negative chest X-rays The main investigation for suspected lung cancer in primary care is a chest X-ray. However, reports show that some patients with normal chest X-rays still transpire to have lung cancer. Potential pitfall Although most large lung cancers can...
Cancer Keys: Sudden onset diabetes

Cancer Keys: Sudden onset diabetes

Sudden onset diabetes Symptoms of pancreatic cancer can often be vague; however sudden onset diabetes can be a potential indicator of the disease. Potential pitfall Diabetes, especially Type 2, is common among the general population. However, consideration should be...
Cancer Keys: Rectal Bleeding

Cancer Keys: Rectal Bleeding

Rectal Bleeding Rectal bleeding is a key symptom of colorectal cancer, but there are also a lot of benign causes. What can help you to assess the significance? Potential pitfall Patients and GPs might be falsely reassured by the fact that rectal bleeding has stopped....