Diagnosis resources for GPs

General resources to support primary care

Listen to a Podcast with Dr Helen Stedeford, GP & Clinical Lead for Cancer in Newham, East London. This episode covers the all important topic of when to suspect cancer in your day to day work in Primary Care. 

Cancer Care Maps

These use an RCGP award-winning referral algorithm that supports the NICE NG12 guidance. Their interactive tool makes it easy to recognise and refer suspected cancer cases. You can identify the correct pathway in just a few clicks. https://www.gatewayc.org.uk/the-cancer-maps/

Lung cancer

A number of tools and resources for primary care to help identify potential lung cancer cases as soon as possible: Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation Primary Care Toolkit.

See Through the Symptoms (STTS) campaign

The See Through the Symptoms (STTS) campaign has been jointly developed by lung cancer charities EGFR Positive UK, ALK Positive UK and the Ruth Strauss Foundation. The campaign is targeted at GPs and primary care professionals, to support earlier diagnosis of lung cancer in those who are non-smokers or never smokers. Non-smokers are too often diagnosed with advanced cancers and are not able to receive curative treatment.

Lung cancer in never-smokers is now the eighth most common cause of cancer-related death in the UK. With declining rates of smoking, the relative proportion of lung cancers in never-smokers is rising. Furthermore, the absolute numbers and rates of lung cancers in never-smokers are increasing, and this does not appear to be solely related to passive smoking or misreported smoking status.

This webinar explores the issue of lung cancer in never-smokers and will include a patient describing their experience:


Download a slide pack for GPs on lung cancer diagnosis.

Download a campaign pack for GPs for lung cancer awareness.

Download STTS campaign posters on lung cancer diagnosis for GPs to use.

Colorectal cancer

You can watch a 30-minute video with guidelines on FIT in patients with signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer, which has been produced by the National Cancer team reflecting the guidance created by the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland and the British Society of Gastroenterology.

Skin cancer

Free online course on skin cancer diagnosis for salaried GPs (TNW only).

Prostate cancer

Prostate Cancer UK has updated resources available for primary care to help with prostate cancer referrals. This includes a PCN DES toolkit and is available on their webpage.

Learn more about the work being done to improve the diagnostic quality of prostate mpMRI protocols, with implications for improving prostrate cancer detection rates and targeted biopsies.

Pancreatic cancer

Resources and information on early diagnosis for pancreatic cancer.

Cervical cancer

Free online CPD: Cervical Cancer - Early Diagnosis

Refresh your skills in identifying the signs and symptoms associated with cervical cancer with GatewayC’s ‘Cervical Cancer – Early Diagnosis’ course. Register for a free GatewayC account to access: https://courses.gatewayc.org.uk/course/view.php?id=76

Print: Cervical Screening Checklist

Calling all sample takers, this appointment checklist is a must-have practice resource, designed with patients in mind at every step: Download the checklist from Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

How early information can support patients

In this short clip, Kate Sanger from Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust speaks about how providing patients with information about potential screening results at their cervical screening appointment can help them feel at ease: Watch and share this clip on LinkedIn 

Read more: How to talk about HPV

Although HPV is common, there unfortunately remains a lot of confusion, myth and stigma about the virus.  Find the answers to a range of common patient questions in this guide for professionals.: Read the Jo’s Cervical Trust ‘How to talk about HPV’ guide

The Mile End Early Diagnosis Centre

Watch our video below to find out about our Early Diagnosis Centre at Mile End Hospital.