The Cancer Maps


the Cancer Maps

The Cancer Maps are an RCGP award-winning interactive reference tool which summarise the NICE NG12 guidelines.

This interactive tool is designed to make the guidelines more accessible to healthcare professionals during consultations and summarise the guidance in three maps. This allows healthcare professionals to quickly reference NG12 guidelines in just a few clicks, acting as a reassuring referral guide and a helpful safety-netting tool in discussion with patients.

Quick reference to NICE guidance

Supports decisions

Educational resource

Reassures patients

The Cancer Maps tutorial

It is a valued tool for the Primary Care Networks and is included in the Early Cancer Diagnosis guidance of the Primary Care Network DES Specification and supported by The East Midlands Cancer Alliance and West Leicestershire CCG. The Cancer Maps tool has also received endorsement by NICE.

The Cancer Maps have been developed by Dr Ben Noble using iMindMap software, with the help of his father Patrick, who created the search and web-enabling function. Following a successful pilot evaluation in 2017 the Cancer Maps tool continues to support GPs to swiftly recognise and refer suspected cancer patients.

The maps were updated in 2021 to improve their functionality and visual appearance.

A number of new features have also been added:


  • Background and risk factor information about each cancer type
  • Links to relevant GatewayC courses
  • Important false-negative figures for key investigations
Dr Ben Nobel smiling with The Cancer Maps

Dr Ben Noble, GP Principal at Woodbrook Medical Centre and the Cancer Lead for East Midlands Cancer Alliance and Cancer Research UK. Creator of the Cancer Maps, an interactive reference tool which summarise the NICE NG12 guidelines.

You can find the Cancer Maps case studies embedded within GatewayC’s ‘Improving the Quality of Your Referral‘ course. Browse all GatewayC courses available for healthcare professionals.
GatewayC's Improving the Quality of Your Referral course
This course assists healthcare professoinals in making clinically appropriate suspected cancer referrals and preparing patients. You will be presented with video interviews from specialists and user representatives to consider. These are accompanied by an action plan to put your learning into practice. This course covers the following topics:

  • Making the right decision: clinical decision making and safety netting, including a toolkit to support this
  • Preparing your patient: what patients want to know when a referral is made, to effectively support them and to reduce the number of DNAs
  • Completing quality referrals: information that should be included in the referral to reduce avoidable delays at secondary care

Specialist interviews include:

Personal stories: 

1 CPD hour available, plus optional 1 hour Learning Event.

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“I plan to integrate the Cancer Maps into my daily routine consultation as I found them really helpful to remind me of further questions to ask from pt or further investigation to organise in order to clarify the underlying cause.” – GP, Manchester