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Cancer Diagnosis in Primary Care


One quarter of UK deaths are from cancer, and the large majority of these tumours initially present to primary care. The aim of the book is to inform primary care clinicians about the way cancer presents to primary care, and how they can select patients for investigation. It includes chapters on screening, systemic symptoms (which may be present with a number of cancers), and the terms used in cancer epidemiology. A final section of 'case-studies' offers an important opportunity for teaching or self-assessment.

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Key Features

    • Co-edited by an academic GP and a primary care methodologist, thus ensuring it is perfectly tailored to primary care
    • Multi-contributor in nature, ensuring that the most up-to-date information on each cancer is accurately provided
    • Includes latest research findings
    • Discusses reorganisation of cancer diagnostics
    • Explores changes in cancer screening
    • Clarifies everyday diagnostic difficulties, lessening the chance of GPs missing a malignancy
    • Improves appropriateness of patient care
    • Improves risk management skills
    • Gives 'spin free' facts in an accessible, easy writing style
    • Avoids unnecessary jargon
    • Gives guidance on the NICE guidelines
    • Covers all of the major cancers
    • Case studies included which can be used for CME/revalidation

Published Reviews

    BMA Book Awards 2008 - Commended

    "Excellent summary of the challenges in diagnosing cancer in general practice. This is a well-presented concise summary of the available evidence that is not available in other texts currently."

Author Information

    Edited by William Hamilton, MD, FRCP, FRCGP, Senior Research Fellow, Division of Primary Care, University of Bristol, UK; and Tim J. Peters, PhD, CStat, FFPH, Professor of Primary Care Health Services Research, Deputy Head of the Department of Community Based Medicine, Academic Unit of Primary Health Care, Department of Community Based Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Customer Reviews

Cancer Diagnosis in Primary Care
  • Paperback
  • Reference
  • 208 Pages
  • Trim Size: 9 1/5 X 6 1/8 in
  • Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-10367-4
  • Copyright: 2007